Post-Masters in Theoretical and Computational Mechanics of Materials

What You Will Do

The Solid Mechanics team, within T-3 group of the Theoretical Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is seeking a highly motivated and productive Post Masters student to accomplish advancements in theoretical constitutive modeling and mesoscale computational modeling for interpretation of elastic/acoustic properties of a range of materials accounting for the crystallography, microstructure and the defects.

You will learn to skillfully use a Lagrangian method, develop high-performance mesoscale simulations incorporating anisotropic constitutive models, quantify and make inferences on the averaged acoustic/elastic properties of polycrystalline microstructures, and develop the ability of models in reproducing and interpreting the elastic/acoustic measurements on a range of materials. You will be responsible for demonstrating credible simulation results-numerically accurate and comparable with experimental datasets. You will develop and apply (a) pre-processing techniques for generating statistically meaningful material microstructures, which may include image analysis of data, and (b) post-processing using statistical analysis techniques, in addition to instructional visualizations of simulated data.

Engage in weekly communication of accomplishments with the primary mentor, contribute know-how in technical discussions, fulfill technical goals, and satisfy required deliverables, such as codes, models and know-how in the form of LANL reports, peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and software. Follow LANL safety and security procedures.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • A completed Master's degree in Engineering, Science or related technical fields is required. Experience using applied mathematics in research
  • Experience using computational methods in materials research
  • Proficiency in a programming language
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity with following topics or techniques:
  • Microstructure and Deformation of materials.
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • Geology
  • Simulations using high-performance computing
  • Statistical analyses methods
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Candidates with expertise in mechanics of geological materials and highly motivated to focus solely on modeling are encouraged to apply.

Candidates with expertise in mechanics of geological materials and highly motivated to focus solely on modeling are encouraged to apply.

Work Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Note to Applicants

  • Include current C.V., transcripts, names of two professional references, and a cover letter.
  • Post-Masters category of the Graduate Research Assistant Program applies to those interns who have been awarded a master's degree within the past three years but have not yet been accepted into another master's program or a Ph.D. program. Post-Master's interns may remain in this category for up to two years.
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.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.
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, 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.

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