Lightning/Ionospheric Remote Sensing Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos New Mexico

United States

Customer Service / Call Center
(No Timezone Provided)

What You Will Do

The Space and Remote Sensing Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a post-doctoral applicant in lightning and ionospheric remote sensing. Both positions will focus on scientific data analysis from the Radio Frequency Sensor (RFS), an RF lightning detector in geosynchronous orbit. This instrument will provide the first opportunity for RF lightning detection at GEO, allowing constant viewing of RF emissions in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, polarized RF measurements in the low VHF will provide opportunity for innovative ionospheric science. We seek to fill two RFS-driven post-doctoral positions, with two distinct focus areas.

Focus Area 1) Studies of storm evolution over the entire thunderstorm, and comparison of RF lightning signals with the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) optical measurements of the same thunderstorms. This work would focus on understanding the origins of optical versus RF emissions from storms.

Focus Area 2) This work will focus on developing novel data analysis techniques using lightning polarization information and dispersion information from RF ionospheric delay. Studies will be done in conjunction with ground-based 3-D polarization sensing measurements.

Postdoctoral candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed. Appointments are for two years, renewable for a third year.

Our team’s research program in lightning and ionospheric physics is conducted in support of performance assessment of GPS-based global nuclear detonation sensors for treaty monitoring. LANL offers a stimulating environment of diverse, world-class science, in a beautiful mountain setting, where scientists pursue research to solve problems of national significance. The successful candidate should have familiarity with scientific data processing, programming, and statistical analysis.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A background in a relevant branch of physics (e.g., atmospheric, ionospheric, astronomy, plasma), electrical engineering, or a closely related discipline;

  • Excellent communication skills;

  • The ability and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;

  • The willingness to expand into new fields;

  • The ability to work independently, with creativity and initiative;

  • Familiarity with atmospheric and ionospheric phenomenology, especially as it involves the generation and propagation of radio-frequency signals;

  • Due to the nature of the RFS data, this position is only open to persons with U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency.

  • Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with design and deployment of RF remote sensing systems;

  • Large-volume data analysis techniques, experience with signal processing, and statistical analysis skills;

  • The ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

  • Note to Applicants:

    Interested applicants are required to apply online and upload a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening.

    Where You Will Work

    Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

    § PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

    § Dental and vision insurance

    § Free basic life and disability insurance

    § Paid maternity and parental leave

    § Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

    § Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

    § Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

    § Onsite gyms and wellness programs

    § Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

    Additional Details

    Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

    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.

    Lightning/Ionospheric Remote Sensing Postdoc

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Los Alamos New Mexico

    United States

    Customer Service / Call Center

    (No Timezone Provided)

    What You Will Do

    The Space and Remote Sensing Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a post-doctoral applicant in lightning and ionospheric remote sensing. Both positions will focus on scientific data analysis from the Radio Frequency Sensor (RFS), an RF lightning detector in geosynchronous orbit. This instrument will provide the first opportunity for RF lightning detection at GEO, allowing constant viewing of RF emissions in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, polarized RF measurements in the low VHF will provide opportunity for innovative ionospheric science. We seek to fill two RFS-driven post-doctoral positions, with two distinct focus areas.

    Focus Area 1) Studies of storm evolution over the entire thunderstorm, and comparison of RF lightning signals with the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) optical measurements of the same thunderstorms. This work would focus on understanding the origins of optical versus RF emissions from storms.

    Focus Area 2) This work will focus on developing novel data analysis techniques using lightning polarization information and dispersion information from RF ionospheric delay. Studies will be done in conjunction with ground-based 3-D polarization sensing measurements.

    Postdoctoral candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed. Appointments are for two years, renewable for a third year.

    Our team’s research program in lightning and ionospheric physics is conducted in support of performance assessment of GPS-based global nuclear detonation sensors for treaty monitoring. LANL offers a stimulating environment of diverse, world-class science, in a beautiful mountain setting, where scientists pursue research to solve problems of national significance. The successful candidate should have familiarity with scientific data processing, programming, and statistical analysis.

    What You Need

    Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A background in a relevant branch of physics (e.g., atmospheric, ionospheric, astronomy, plasma), electrical engineering, or a closely related discipline;

  • Excellent communication skills;

  • The ability and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;

  • The willingness to expand into new fields;

  • The ability to work independently, with creativity and initiative;

  • Familiarity with atmospheric and ionospheric phenomenology, especially as it involves the generation and propagation of radio-frequency signals;

  • Due to the nature of the RFS data, this position is only open to persons with U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency.

  • Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with design and deployment of RF remote sensing systems;

  • Large-volume data analysis techniques, experience with signal processing, and statistical analysis skills;

  • The ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

  • Note to Applicants:

    Interested applicants are required to apply online and upload a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening.

    Where You Will Work

    Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

    § PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

    § Dental and vision insurance

    § Free basic life and disability insurance

    § Paid maternity and parental leave

    § Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

    § Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

    § Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

    § Onsite gyms and wellness programs

    § Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

    Additional Details

    Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

    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.