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Computational Thermal Transport Modeling Postdoctoral Research Associate

Idaho National Laboratory

Location: US
Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: December 21, 2022
Reference Code: 18923
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research involving the thermal transport modelling of actinide materials. The postdoctoral fellowship will be funded through the Energy Frontier Research Center for Thermal Energy Transport under Irradiation (TETI). The project will explore the effect of irradiation-induced lattice defects on the thermal transport of U/ThO2 and U/ThN.
In this position, the postdoctoral researcher will assist the INL PIs in simulating the role of defects on thermal conductivity by carrying out atomistic calculations. In addition, she/he will also be responsible for the publication of research results in internal reports and the open literature. Collaboration between the computational and experimental elements will be strongly encouraged through research exchanges to develop a common intellectual basis for the postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and principal investigators.


Minimum Requirements:
PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
* Ph.D. in Materials Science or a closely related field
* Hands-on experience with Density functional theory calculations.
* Demonstrated in-depth understanding (through peer-reviewed journals) of thermal transport.
* Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills in English
* Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals
* Successful record of writing and being awarded research grants
* Ability to be a strong team player and effectively organize and lead tasks
* Relevant experience working in a research laboratory environment
Desired qualifications:
* Experience in programming and molecular dynamics code is a plus
  • Salary Grade: $90,900.00 annually
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
INL Overview:
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.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
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Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
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.