Computational Materials Postdoctoral Research Associate
Idaho National Laboratory
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Science or Mechanical Engineering or comparable discipline for the Materials Science and Engineering Department. The candidate will engage in research and development of energy materials and energy conversion systems to support multiple programs of national priority. Modeling and simulation of materials and thermomechanics will be performed with synergistic input and/or direct validation from established and/or emerging characterization methods. The ability to customize available software for new applications is needed.
The research will involve the development of materials and devices through computational modeling and topological optimization. Knowledge and experience with numerical techniques that span atomistic through molecular to continuum scale are sought for the evaluation of ceramic, metallic, and other materials systems in extreme environments (e.g., high-temperature, corrosive, nuclear radiation, etc.). A strong skill set in artificial intelligence and machine learning is required for the exploration of parameter sets and design features spanning multiple length scales. The candidate will have familiarity and practical knowledge of 3D printing methodologies including digital light process (DLP) printing and post-processing methods for green bodies, direct ink writing (DIW), and laser additive manufacturing techniques (esp. laser powder bed fusion (LPBF)). The position involves being at the cutting edge of science, supporting established R&D programs, collaborating across multiple internal and external organizational boundaries, engaging in ideation, and pursuing new funding opportunities.
The candidate will have theoretical and practical knowledge of both synchrotron and laboratory materials/chemical characterization methods and the processing of resulting data. The candidate will represent the laboratory and publish as well as present their work at national and international meetings. The candidate will have an academic background in materials science, mechanical or chemical engineering, or a related field. The successful candidate will preferably have experience at a US DOE National Laboratory and be cognizant of Safe Conduct of Research principles and the safety culture present at a National Laboratory.
• PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
• Ph.D. in Materials Science, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, or related and relevant field
• Able to obtain a Q clearance
• Fluency in the English language and excellent oral and written communication skills
• On-site or hybrid position
Experience with the following is highly sought:
• Thermal and mechanical analysis using finite element modeling (preferably with Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment software)
• Computational fluid dynamics (Nek5000 or NekRS)
• Computational thermodynamics (ThermoCalc) and metallurgical processing
• Meshing software (Cubit or equivalent) and best practices
• Visualization of scientific data (ParaView or similar)
• Advanced manufacturing/3D printing of metals and ceramics using DLP, DIW, LPBF methods
• Materials characterization analyses and testing (indentation hardness, 3- or 4-point bending), SEM/EDS and EBSD, TEM, X-ray diffraction, tomography
• Experience with synchrotron X-ray experiments and datasets from extended X-ray absorption fine structure, X-ray powder diffraction, tomography
• Materials Project or other materials databases
• Tensorflow, genetic algorithms, Github
• High performance computing, scripting and batch processing
• LINUX, Python programming, Fortran, C++, MATLAB
• An established record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or presentations
- Salary Grade: 90,900.00
- Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
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About this Employer
Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.