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Post Masters ST - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Job Title Post Masters ST
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name Geophysics
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Maximum Salary
What You Will Do

The National Security Earth Science Group (EES-17) supports national security by providing technical expertise in the geodynamics of Earth's crust. The group is subdivided into four teams: Geomechanics, Spatial Science to Enhance National Security, Geophysical Explosion Monitoring, and Containment. Within EES-17 we do theoretical, modeling and experimental work to improve our capabilities for computing solutions to address challenges in dynamic response of rock and/or rock-like materials resulting from explosive and hydraulic stresses, earthquake hazards, treaty verification, clean energy development, environmental management, nuclear waste disposal, and resource extraction impacts. The Group is characterized by a balance of basic and applied research, which leads to the development of novel and integrated capabilities that are then utilized to address practical problems for sponsors in multiple offices in DOE, other federal agencies, and a variety of industries.

EES-17 is looking for a creative Graduate Research Associate to join our interdisciplinary team. The successful candidate will take a role in numerical modeling of rock and rock-like materials (e.g., pressed powders and high explosives), brittle materials fracturing, interface rheology, shock modeling and seismic wave propagation. Experience with numerical modeling, programming, and/or an understanding of computational methods is desired. This position will require motivation to achieve in an independent work environment and the communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Candidates with background/experience in the following areas are invited to apply:
  • General knowledge of continuum mechanics
  • General knowledge of mechanical behavior of materials in general
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a Q Clearance which normally requires US Citizenship.

Education/Experience : Completion of a Master's degree in science, engineering, mathematics and/or computing within the past 3 years, and have not yet been accepted into another master's program or Ph.D. program. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Desired Qualifications:
  • Programming skills in Python, or other relevant scripting language and the ability to adopt and apply new software packages
  • Damage and fracture mechanics knowledge
  • Demonstrate ability to work with minimal supervision and as a team.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Note to Applicants:

As part of the application process, please upload your transcripts, cover letter, and resume on your LANL online profile. The cover letter should be composed of a one-page career narrative followed by a bulleted list of the applicant's relevant experience for each requirement. For questions, contact: Geomechanics Team Leader, Esteban Rougier at

Where You Will Work
Located in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

§ 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.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
No Clearance: 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.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.
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.

Instructions on How to Activate/Create a LANL Jobs Account:

Follow the instructions below if you have ever had an employee Z number, been a contractor, or received Los Alamos Lab insurance coverage to activate your account:

  • Select the Click Here button if you have been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage.
  • Please enter only your first and last name and current email address (an email with your validation code will be sent to you) to activate the account currently in our system.
  • Enter your validation code as described in the email you receive and complete the 3-page registration form. Your account is now active, and you can apply for jobs or save to your basket. Important: Enter the validation code within 15 days to activate your account or your account will be deactivated.

Follow the instructions below if you if you have never been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage to create an account:
  • Select the Register button if you have never been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage to Create an Account.
  • From here, you will establish an account with username and password.

How to Apply: Login to Your Account to Complete the Application Process
  • Click the Vacancy Name number (in blue) to view any job's details.
  • Click Apply or Add to Basket to apply later. Tip: To apply for a job or save your basket, you must have a LANL jobs account.

If you experience any technical issues, please email for assistance.

Employment Status Full Time
Appointment Type GRA

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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