Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Mechanics and Chemistry of Explosives Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Physics and Chemistry of Materials (T-1) and the Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics (T-3) groups of the Theoretical Division are seeking to hire multiple, highly motivated post-doctoral researchers to study the fundamental chemistry and thermomechanics that control the performance and handling safety of explosives. Successful candidates will be expected to work closely with an interdisciplinary team that comprises expertise in quantum molecular dynamics simulations, solid mechanics and hydrocode simulations, explosive synthesis, novel explosive safety testing, and advanced statistical methods.
We seek candidates with expertise in the following areas:
Reactive molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical chemistry to elucidate reaction mechanisms and Arrhenius rates in gas- and condensed-phase organic molecules and materials, or
Continuum simulations of large deformations in materials, with a particular emphasis on phase transformations, strength, and inhomogeneous deformation, or
Development of constitutive models for complex materials under large deformations.
Well-qualified candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Frederick Reines, or Harold Agnew Fellowships.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience with programming languages (Fortran, C/C++, Python, etc.) or software such as Matlab, Mathematica, etc.
Demonstrated research ability, as evidenced by publications, reports, presentations, awards, etc.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field within the last 5 years.
Experience with DFT or quantum chemical methods and codes and/or molecular dynamics simulations.
Experience with finite element method and/or Lagrangian or Eulerian hydrocode simulations in high performance computing and Linux environments
Ability to work independently as well as to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and communicate with people with a variety of expertise.
Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take initiatives and pursue new research directions.
Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, please submit (A) a cover letter describing career narrative, technical background and relevant experience, (B) a full resume, and (C) contact information for three professional references.
This appointment is valid for two years with a possible third year extension.
US citizenship is not a requirement.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
For additional information, please contact Marc Cawkwell ( email@example.com ) and Roseanne Cheng ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM. 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)
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.
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 regard 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@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Vacancy Name: IRC89952
Organization Name T-3/Fluid Dynamics And Solid Mechanics
Req ID: IRC89952