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Outer Heliosphere Postdocs

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Jan 17, 2022

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking candidates for two Outer Heliosphere Postdocs within our Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Technology (T) groups. We lead the IBEX-Hi instrument on the Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission and are leading two instruments for the upcoming Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe mission. Our team is currently developing innovative statistical imaging methods and using them to carry out data analysis and numerical modeling initiatives to understand energetic neutral atom (ENA) observations by IBEX and outer heliospheric processes.

One postdoc is for data analysis and the other is in numerical modeling. You will interact and collaborate with a team of experts in heliospheric science and ENA data analysis, theoretical and computational plasma physics, and statistical and data science.


  • PhD in space physics, physics, astronomy or a related field completed within the past 5 years or soon to be completed
  • Experience in observational data analysis or theory and numerical simulations of space and heliospheric physics

We Are Delivering Scientific Excellence

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.

Applicants should send their applications electronically, including a CV, a publication list, and a concise research statement (1-2 pages) describing past achievements and future plans.  Applicants are encouraged to contact Dan Reisenfeld ( and Fan Guo ( regarding the expectations of the positions, possible research topics, and other questions related to the application. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third year extension. The review of applications will start on December 15th and be on-going until offers are accepted.

Applications should be submitted via; search IRC86344 for the data analysis position or IRC90540 for the numerical modeling position.

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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