Job Opening

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microseismic Imaging

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Posted: 06/24/2019

Open Until: 09/30/2019

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microseismic Imaging

Organization Name: Geophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory

What You Will Do
Become part of a team that thrives on challenge, innovation, and mission-driven science. The Geophysics Group ( in the Earth and Environmental Sciences ( Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory ( is seeking outstanding candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to conduct research in microseismic imaging. The successful candidate will develop novel algorithms for microseismic event location and focal mechanism inversion, with applications to geothermal energy, geologic CO2 storage, enhanced oil recovery, and unconventional oil/gas.
The Geophysics Group focuses on a broad array of energy, environmental and national security challenges with research into seismology, infrasound, ground-shock modeling, and acoustics to address critical needs in energy, seismic hazards, threat detection and reduction, earthquake prediction, and subsurface imaging.

Minimum Job Requirements:
• A demonstrated background in a specific Earth science subject area related to a focus area of the Geophysics Group.
• A demonstrated background in computational physics, computational science, or computer science with Earth science applications.
• A record of scientific productivity through publications in peer-reviewed journals.
• Strong background in microseismic imaging or related work.
• Proficiency in programming using Fortran/C.

Desired Skills:
• Demonstrated ability to work creatively and independently and in a team environment.
• Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments to meet project deliverables.
• Experience in parallel computing using MPI/OpenMP/GPU.
• Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance.

Education: PhD in related field completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to submitting a CV, please submit a cover letter briefly addressing how you meet the job requirements and describe the desired skills. CV should include educational background with degree dates and GPAs with scale, experience and expertise, a list of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, competitive honors/awards, and contact information of four references.

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.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is a multi‐program research organization with core capabilities in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geomaterials, Geography, Hydrology, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Acoustics, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science, and Geotechnical Engineering. Cross‐cutting capabilities and facilities span the needs for laboratory experimentation, field deployments, computing, and data analytics. Capabilities in the Division are organized into groups, which consist of scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, administrators, and students. Most programs within the Division feature multi‐discipline teams organized to solve complex problems of national importance.

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 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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