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Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Solid Mechanics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC77054


Job Title Computational Solid Mechanics Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name XCP-4/Methods And Algorithms

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What You Will Do

The Continuum Models and Numerical Methods Group (XCP-4) of the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral appointment in the area of continuum solid mechanics modeling. The successful candidates will be expected to perform novel and original research to develop new solid mechanics models and/or understand and implement existing models and algorithms in large production software, and publish their research in leading scientific journals.

XCP-4 is a group of about 20 scientists with various technical backgrounds performing leading-edge research in advanced computational methods for multiphysics applications in support of national and global security. Specifically, we develop state-of-the art numerical methods for shock hydrodynamics and multiphase flow in both Eulerian and Lagrangian frameworks, as well as advanced physics-based computational models in a variety of areas, including high explosives, turbulent reactive flow, and continuum solid mechanics. Our staff provide expertise in these areas through multidisciplinary interactions on teams seeking to provide solutions for large multiphysics codes. Our work supports a variety of Laboratory missions, including stockpile stewardship, nonproliferation, threat reduction, and energy and environmental sciences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

  • Ability to apply for a DOE Q Clearance within 1 year. Application for a DOE Q clearance usually requires US Citizenship.

  • Experience with continuum-level modeling of metals or engineered materials, including strength and damage behavior.

  • Proficiency in a programming language such as Fortran, C/C++, and/or Python.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by a strong record of publications and presentations commensurate with experience.

  • Ability to work productively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

  • Strong curiosity and motivation to learn and apply new technical concepts in novel ways.

Desired Skills:

  • Understanding of one or more of the following physical phenomena: phase transitions (solid-solid and solid-liquid) kinetics models; modeling of polycrystalline materials under dynamic (shock) loading; the mechanics of brittle fracture and/or porous or granular materials, including strength, compaction, etc.; atomic-level/microscale/mesoscale physics and how it relates to continuum behavior; continuum-level modeling of the behavior of multiphase and/or composite materials, especially under dynamic loading conditions.

  • Experience in developing/implementing, verifying, and validating models in multiphysics simulation software at the continuum scale.

  • Experience in developing and running large, parallel codes in ahigh performance computingenvironment on many-corearchitectures.

Education Required: Doctoral degree in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants must submit a CV/resume and a cover letter that provides evidence of meeting minimum requirements and summarizes their qualifications for the required and desired skills listed above. A longer cover letter where each bulleted requirement/skill is specifically addressed is encouraged. For questions contact: XCP-4 Group Leader, Karlene Maskaly at karlene@lanl.gov .

Additional Details:

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: 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.

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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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.

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Req ID: IRC77054