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Fuels Modeling Postdoc

Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

**What You Will Do** Staff in the Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Group (MST-8) in the Materials Science and Technology Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking candidates for postdoctoral appointment in computational materials science research. The positions are in support of several research projects that address multi-scale problems relating to nuclear fuel systems, including oxide, metallic, and other non-oxide ceramics fuels as well as steel, zirconium, and silicon carbide cladding. Areas of particular interest are: + Fuel performance model development using lower-length scale informed data to build mechanistic and predictive models for nuclear fuel; + Mesoscale model development related to fission gas behavior in fuel, sintering of ceramics and fuel mechanics; + Density functional theory studies of fundamental defect properties in metallic alloys and ceramics; + Thermodynamic assessment of complex environments; + Development of high-performance scientific software. The ideal candidate would have expertise in multiple areas. In addition, depending on his/her expertise, the candidate may contribute to a broad range of research projects including the simulation of nuclear fuels and advanced reactor concepts from a materials standpoint. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third year extension depending on performance and funding availability. Candidates may also be nominated for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Applicants with US citizenship will also be considered for the Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Physics. For these fellowships, the research scope can be broadened to include any topic of mutual interest. For general information to the Postdoc Program go to**_What You Need_** **Minimum Job Requirements:** + Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in computational materials science at the engineering or microscale levels; + Solid understanding of fundamental defect properties in materials; + Demonstrated ability to create and implement models to address complex behavior of materials; + Significant experience in running high performance simulation tools for modeling advanced material systems; + Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing. **Desired Qualifications:** + Demonstrated ability to create, perform, and analyze simulations in a finite element or phase-field code; + Familiarity with the MOOSE framework and associated codes (e.g. BISON, MARMOT); + Familiarity with multiple scales of simulating materials (e.g. FEA, phase-field, density functional theory, molecular dynamics); + Experience with writing code and implementing algorithms into high performance parallel codes. **Education:** A Ph.D. in materials science, nuclear engineering, or a very closely related discipline, earned within the last five years. **Note to Applicants:** + In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, cover letter, CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Topher Matthews () + The cover letter should address the minimum job requirements and desired skills of this position, with specific examples from your academic and research experience. + To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested above. + Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. **_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._ 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type Postdoc Postdoc **Contact Details** **Contact Name** **Email** **Work Telephone** **Vacancy Name:** IRC84277 **Organization Name** MST-8/Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamics Extremes **Minimum Salary** **Maximum Salary** **Req ID:** IRC84277 **Category:** Postdoc

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