Job IRC77692: Computational Earth Science Post-Master’s Student Internship

What You Will Do

The Computational Earth Science Group (EES-16; ) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for an individual with a Master’s degree in Earth Science, Physical Science, Engineering, Applied Math or a related STEM field. The position would be a one-year term with the possibility of extension to two years.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s EES-16 Group focuses on a broad array of energy, environmental, and national security challenges including:

  • Energy: carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, wind energy, unconventional oil & gas, energy-water nexus, nuclear energy, energy storage, and energy infrastructure.
  • Environment: groundwater simulation and hydrogeology, climate impacts and extreme events, surface hydrology, atmosphere interactions, urban and wildland fire, and environmental remediation.
  • National & global security: non-proliferation, and regional instability.

The Computational Earth Science Group addresses these challenges using multiple computational techniques and simulation tools including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), machine learning, reduced-order modeling, massively parallel high performance computing (HPC), data analytics, physics-based models of the environment, hydrological models, GIScience/GIS, and operations research/optimization. The Group’s research includes both fundamental and applied science ranging from subsurface to atmospheric phenomena, including collaboration with experimentalists to measure unique subsurface, surface, and atmospheric signatures.

The successful applicant will be expected to work as a member of our team and assist staff in carrying out a broad spectrum of tasks related to ongoing projects. In particular, the candidate will be expected to set-up and run a process-based model to identify important parameters involved in the conversion of food waste to energy. It is expected that the candidate will lead a publication based on this work under the guidance of several other team members who are involved on the project.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in setup, execution, monitoring, and/or postprocessing physics-based process models for science or engineering applications.
  • Demonstrated fluency in one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, R, C++, C, Julia, Fortran, Matlab, Mathematica).
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Linux-based, Windows, and Mac operating systems.


Desired Skills:

  • Understanding of reactive chemistry
  • Understanding of parameter optimization and parameter sensitivity analysis
  • Understanding of biofuel/bioenergy conversion processes
  • Understanding of computational modeling
  • Experience in software development as a member of a software development team
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age. U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.


Education level and eligibility requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Physical or Natural Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related STEM field.
  • Eligibility is limited to students who have completed their Master’s Degree within the past three (3) years, and have not yet been accepted into another degree program.


Note to applicants: Interested candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter (2 pages or less) that addresses each of the required and desired job requirements and education eligibility. Your letter or CV should provide contact information for 2-4 references who are familiar with your capabilities as related to this job. Applicants with questions may contact Kurt Solander at or Elchin Jafarov at No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the education and minimum job requirements is encouraged to apply. This position qualifies for benefits (retirement, medical, vacation, sick time off, etc.).

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Exercise facility free for staff use
  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans
  • Paid maternity leave, sick time
  • Paid parental leave 
  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)
  • Fully vested in 401k day one
  • Disability insurance

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

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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