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Environmental Management Graduate Fellowship Program

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Closing date
Dec 29, 2022

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Global Environmental Change
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Student / Graduate
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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 accepting applications for our Environmental Management Graduate Fellowship Program for Summer 2023 enrollment. This program is focused on providing students and graduates in STEM fields from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) an opportunity for training and mentorship in targeted technical areas of interest and needs of the DOE-EM workforce.


Application deadline: December 31, 2022


Why Join LANL?

  • Specialized training, leadership development, and professional networking Extensive interaction and collaboration with leading DOE National Laboratory researchers, scientists, and engineers Hands-on field research experience that could lead to a potential career opportunity within the DOE Complex Up to a $72,000 yearly stipend A $10,000 training and associated travel allotment A $4,000 onboarding incentive A $5,000 professional trips allotment Comprehensive benefits for limited term employees Engagement with DOE-EM Professional development and networking opportunities


The Problem

Groundwater resources and their sustainability are critical to the mission of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the surrounding community. However, sustainability of high-quality groundwater may be at risk due to climate change impacts on temperature and precipitation. The region has been in a severe drought for the past 20+ years. This drought has changed precipitation patterns (more rain, less snow), leading to challenges in predicting groundwater resources. Moreover, because of unexpected groundwater response, the transport of metalloids (e.g., chromium) in the subsurface is also unknown, leading to questions around water quality.


The Project

In this opportunity, you will study and evaluate:

  • How does climate change alter water resource management in the future? How contaminants in the subsurface affect risk (e.g., groundwater quality) over the next 5, 10, 20, and 50 years The interrelationships between climate and groundwater


You will learn how to use the latest research tools and technology, including:

  • A LANL patented machine learning (ML) code, non-negative matrix factorization with customized k-means clustering (NMFk) An ML-enhanced groundwater model based on differential programming to predict groundwater levels over time Data evaluation techniques to quantify uncertainty in the ML model predictions and calibrate/validate model parameters (e.g., porosity, permeability) and responses using the historical groundwater level data LANL code Chrotran to quantify chromium transportation rate and extent under the current and future climate scenarios to determine if chromium is at risk of transport to the shallow subsurface or deep aquifers.

Program Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen Must be eligible for a security clearance based on position requirements Must have earned or be working towards a STEM degree Must have graduated from or be enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution Must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate program at the time of application AND have a current cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


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. Northern New Mexico offers an abundance of wildlife, culture and adventures, including hiking trails and nearby ski resorts. Learn why Los Alamos has been rated #3 in the Best Counties to Live in the USA.


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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 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.




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