Post Bachelors ST

What You Will Do

The Materials Science & Technology Group 8 is seeking a highly motivated post-bachelor's student with strong background in computer science and signal processing to develop advanced 3D microstructural analysis software and advanced high-resolution digital image correlation software.

The successful student will have strong knowledge of C++ programming experience and object-oriented programming in general. The student will implement new microstructural features, optimize memory management and the scalability of the current 3D graph-based microstructural analyzer METIS3D. METIS3D is a powerful graph-based tool to efficiently extract 3D microstructural information to reveal complex defect interaction and extract 3D statistics. The tool serves as an ideal vehicle to advanced microstructural analyses through graph-based learning. Additionally, the student will implement a novel digital image correlation algorithm to detect discontinuities (e.g., slip, twinning) in metals to accurately track the local strain evolution during deformation. The software will enable discovery of new plastic deformation mechanisms and quantitative HR-DIC for materials deformation. Successful student will have strong knowledge of signal processing, mathematical analysis, and optimization. The student will be working in a highly interdisciplinary team with a diverse background. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, team-oriented, and communicative.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong background in C++ software programming and objective oriented programming
  • Strong knowledge of computer algorithms
  • Strong background in signal processing and mathematical analysis

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with graph algorithms and handling complex data structures.
  • Strong background in numerical methods
  • Experience with working with large codes in C++
  • Experience with digital image correlation
  • Experience with 3D EBSD microstructural analysis

Education: Master's degree in materials science, electrical engineering, or related discipline completed within the last 2 years.

Note to Applicants: For technical questions related to this position contact Dr. Hi Vo (

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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 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 childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

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