Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Scientist

Job Summary

Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty Positions
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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Job Description

Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Scientist

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking a Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Scientist to join the Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (T-2) group. In this position you will lead research in theoretical and computational astrophysics.


  • Lead research in theoretical and computational astrophysics, particularly in the areas of multi-messenger and time-domain astrophysics, including multi-physics and multi-scale studies of black hole accretion, astrophysical disks and jets, gravitational wave sources, planet formation, multiphase dynamics in stellar, galactic and cluster environments, astrophysical particle acceleration, transport and turbulence
  • Establish and sustain your own competitive research portfolio, publish peer-reviewed journals and present your research at conferences and workshops
  • Recruit and mentor students and postdocs


  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university
  • 4+ years of related experience
  • Demonstrated experience in carrying out independent research in astrophysics or related fields and conducting theory and modeling of astrophysics problems that are related to observations
  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects and publish high impact results
  • Ability to work with varying levels of internal and external personnel, as well as outside organizations
  • Proven success in formulating and presenting scientific results to technical audiences
  • Ability to mentor junior staff, peers and students

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with performing astrophysical fluid, plasma and radiation simulations
  • Familiarity with modern observations and frontiers of astrophysics research
  • Experience obtaining research funding and leading scientific projects
  • Ph.D. in astrophysics, theoretical physics or related fields and 2 years of postdoctoral research experience

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.

Apply now:

Apply by Jan 14, 2024 to receive full consideration.

Req Number: IRC126546


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 [email protected] or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.


Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Nov 15
Application Deadline
2024 Jan 14
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