Modeling & Simulation Scientist (Scientist 4)

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM4.2

Full-time$120,000 - $200,000 a year
Organization NameA-1/ Information Systems & Modeling
What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

The Information Sciences and Modeling group (A-1) is looking for outstanding scientist and engineer candidates in the fields of applied mathematics, machine learning, computational science, operations research, electrical engineering, or control theory. The researcher will lead projects that focus on solving difficult problems for the design, operations, simulation, and analysis of complex infrastructures systems. The candidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment with significant collaborative research. A successful candidate is expected to publish in peer reviewed journals, present their research at conferences and workshops, manage, lead, and develop programs in these areas.

This position is part of LANL’s Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI). ANSI performs basic and applied research focused on modeling and understanding the nation's critical infrastructures, such as electric power and natural gas. Our expertise covers statistics, stochastic methods, machine learning, control theory, dynamical systems, discrete and continuous optimization, statistical physics, and graphical modeling. We ensure the scientific and technological validity of our approaches by working closely with physicists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and economists through interdisciplinary collaborations. Our typical customers include DHS, DOE, DOD, and other national laboratories. Our work typically requires close collaborations within and outside the Laboratory. More details on ANSI can be found at

Candidates are expected to lead projects in the following areas:

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC)–This is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct modeling, simulation, and analysis of the nation's critical infrastructure. NISAC analysts assess critical infrastructure risk, vulnerability, interdependencies, and event consequences. It is a joint project with Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
Department of Energy—The candidate is expected to work LANL’s applied energy program office to lead and develop projects within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity. Programs and projects include control and optimization of networks under uncertainty, analysis of extreme events, design of resilient networks, analysis of interdependent networks, and machine learning for infrastructure systems.
What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
A record of leading high impact, innovative research as demonstrated by recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or contributions to major reports in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, mathematical programming, industrial engineering, power engineering, control theory, computational science, or applied mathematics.
Demonstrated ability to secure funding for multi-year projects
Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain strategic collaborations and partnerships with other leading organizations
Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multi‐disciplinary scientific environment
Significant project management and program development skills
Experience mentoring and managing junior staff
Demonstrate excellent oral and written skills

Desired Skills:
Experience in solving practical science and engineering problems, especially in the context of infrastructure networks
Programming experience with Java, C++, Python, MATLAB, or Julia
Software engineering experience
Mathematical modeling experience with AMPL, GAMS, JuMP, or Pyomo
Experience with commercial and open‐source solvers (CPLEX, Gurobi, IPOPT, etc.)
Ability to obtain a DOE Q and SCI security clearances, which generally requires U.S. citizenship
Education: A Ph.D. in computer science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering statistical physics, operations research, applied mathematics, or a related field

Notes to Applicants: For further questions, please contact Sara Del Valle at To apply, please use the “apply now” button below. Include a letter addressing how you meet the requirements outlined above and describing your research interests, as well as a CV with 3 references listed.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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.

Where You Will Work

Located in the beautiful Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. Los Alamos provides access to activities like hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, and camping and a local public school system that is consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation every year. The Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI) is one of the focal points for the Laboratory’s infrastructure optimization and control capabilities. ANSI is collaboration between the Laboratories’ Analytics – Intelligence and Technology (A), Computer – Computational and Statistical Sciences (CCS), Theory –Theoretical Division (T) Divisions, and the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS).

Appointment TypeRegular Regular Minimum Salary119700 Maximum Salary201700