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Seismology Postdoc - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title Seismology Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name EES-17/National Security Earth Science
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What You Will Do
The Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to develop machine learning models to study fault physics. The position will include analyzing continuous seismic waveforms for application to evolving crustal properties through time. The work will involve a combination of developing new signal analysis capabilities and applying newly developed and existing machine learning tools. The successful candidate will collaborate with scientists at LANL and with external industry and academic partners. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Proficient in one or more deep learning API's (e.g., TensorFlow, Torch, Julia)
  • Research experience in code development and applications in seismology
  • Proficiency in programing languages such as Python, Julia, C/C++
  • Experience using supercomputing and HPC resources
  • Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at conferences
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams


A Ph.D. degree in a STEM field related to geodesy, seismology, geophysics, applied mathematics, computer science, physics, or other related fields. For a postdoctoral appointment the candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment or must be within five years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with big-data processing and analysis methods
  • Experience with development or support of research projects and proposals
  • Ability to plan and organize assignments to meet project deliverable
  • Ability to bring creative solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to obtain Q level clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
Note to Applicants:

Applicants are not expected to have all desired skills. Anyone meeting the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit an online application including your CV and a one-page cover letter. The cover letter should include a short biography (2-3 lines), research interests, and future career goals. Scientific interests should align with the research scope described in the posting. In the cover letter please address how the minimum requirements are met and any of the desired skills, if applicable.

In addition to applying online, applicants should also email their CV and cover letter to Dr. Christopher Johnson (

For general information about being a LANL postdoc, please visit the Postdoc Program website.

Where You Will Work

The mission of the EES Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory is to solve complex problems of importance in environment, energy, and national security by using our capabilities in earth and environmental sciences. The division is a highly interactive, well-funded research organization. The core disciplines of EES Division include Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geodynamics, Geography, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science and Geotechnical Engineering.

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paidchildbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Employment Status Full Time
Appointment Type Postdoc

Los Alamos, NM

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Continue the Mission with Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world’s most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. We focus on strategic science initiatives to uphold national security and ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile along with other defense and research-oriented programs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a natural fit and next career for veterans and transitioning personnel from all branches of the military. You don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to work with us; we offer a vast array of career opportunities and need veterans’ unique and technical skillsets as we continue to grow. Hands-on and continuing education will equip you for your next mission.


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