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Computational Earth Science Postdocs (5 positions open)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Nov 17, 2021

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Computational Earth Science Group in the Earth and Environmental Services (EES) Division is currently seeking five motivated applicants to be Computational Earth Science Postdocs. Candidates will work primarily on projects related to:

  • Subsurface flow and transport, surface hydrology, climate, fire, wildfire and atmospheric transport in support of both national security and environmental applications
  • Computational model development and applications in gas migration in subsurface porous media that include coupled thermal, mechanical, hydrologic and chemical systems
  • Land surface and numerical modeling to create new representations of Arctic permafrost hydrology as well as trips to Alaska to support the collection of field observations for model improvement
  • Theoretical/computational development of machine learning algorithms and tools and application of physics-informed and unsupervised machine learning for geothermal exploration, oil/gas production and carbon sequestration
  • Issues related to regional deployment of large-scale Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) projects including quantification and management of long-term risks; real-time prediction and field management; and regional infrastructure
  • Remote sensing and big data analysis in the earth sciences or energy resource modeling

The term of the appointment is two years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.


  • Research experience in relevant computational science theory, code development or applications
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals and oral presentations at conferences
  • Experience working with modeling, data analytics, high-performance computing or field work desirable

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Los Alamos National Laboratory is more than a place to work. It is a catalyst for discovery, innovation and achievement. It’s one of the reasons we attract world-class talent who contribute greatly to our outstanding culture. Professional development, work/life balance and a diverse and inclusive team foster lasting career satisfaction. Our onsite cafeterias and medical, fitness and breastfeeding facilities, education assistance and generous compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to providing our people with all they need for personal and professional growth.

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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 regards 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.


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