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Climate and Hydrogeology Postdoc

What You Will Do

Put your talents to good use by joining the Earth and Environmental Science Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL is a multi-disciplinary research institution engaged in science on behalf of national security. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team of observational and computational earth scientists, hydrologists, ecologists and computer scientists in an effort to understand the climate change impacts on groundwater resources in Northern New Mexico.

The project will include research focused on:

• How does climate change alter water resource management in the future?

• How do contaminants in the subsurface affect risk (e.g., groundwater quality) over the next 5, 10, 20, and 50 years?

While the large-scale research goals for the project have been established, there is significant flexibility in the way these goals may be achieved. A self-motivated, creative postdoc will find this environment conducive to intellectual and professional growth. A comprehensive knowledge of the novel components of the research activities will not be necessary as on-the-job training will support the candidate's success through a collaborative team atmosphere.

We seek applications from diverse candidates with expertise in any of the following research areas: groundwater modeling, water level analysis, groundwater chemistry, and groundwater contamination. Candidates with experience working in and/or analyzing groundwater and computational modeling, statistics/machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply. We invite applications from individuals with interests in developing and implementing models for diverse computational architectures (desktop to HPC and cloud).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Groundwater modeling or similar experience

• Proficient in machine learning techniques

• A basic understanding of hydrological/hydrogeological processes and models

• Proficiency in at least one or more scientific programming languages

• An ability to work and communicate effectively in a diverse team environment

Education/Experience: A PhD in earth science, computer science, civil engineering, climate science, geography, or closely related fields is highly preferred, although exceptional candidates with an MS and relevant experience will also be considered.

Eligible candidates must have been granted one or more degrees from a higher education institution classified as a minority serving institution and have obtained or will have received a doctoral degree in a STEM discipline by time of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with Python and Fortran90

• Big datasets or database management skills

• Research experience in permafrost environments and/or the causes and impacts of changing thermo-hydrologic regimes

• Publications in refereed journals

• A history of successful research in collaborative team environments
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

Submit curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names and contact information of three references, and a one-page cover letter detailing qualifications and research interests to the LANL job site ( Address your cover letter to Dr. Bulbul Ahmmed and Dr. Katrina Bennett. Applications will be reviewed as received. We expect to fill a postdoc position by September 2022. Additional questions may be directed to Bulbul Ahmmed ( and Katrina ( Applications sent only to the email addresses and not to the site will not be considered.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellowships. For general information related to the Postdoc Program, salary, and benefits go to: Salary ranges can be found at:
Where You Will Work

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

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

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

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, 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.

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

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.
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.
LANL is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and strives for a diverse workforce supported by the following resources and programs:

▪ Office of Diversity and Strategic Staffing

▪ African American Partnership Program

▪ Employee Resource Groups: African American, American Indian, Asians and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Individuals with Disabilities, DiverseAbility, Prism, LGBTQ+, Veteran and Transitioning Service Members, Women's Group, Atomic Women, Women in Computing, Future Female Leaders in Engineering.
Employment StatusFull Time