Postdoctoral Appointee - Atomistic Materials Modeling

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7090022 (Ref:679618)

Posted: December 2, 2021

Job Description

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : Are you looking to be a member of a highly motivated team? We are seeking a hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee in the areas of atomistic materials modeling and computational simulation. You will address challenges in the development and application of molecular dynamics methods for modeling a variety of engineering materials, including ferroelectric polymers and composites. This position provides the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse set of colleagues including researchers from your own field, applications specialists, and others, and to engage with the broader research community through publications and participation in leading scientific conferences. The candidate selected for this position will collaborate with academic partners under the NNSA Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP), including participation in joint research efforts and mentoring students from MSIPP consortium universities. Join our team of scientists and researchers and make a difference! You may work with export controlled information which requires US Person status. The Computer Science Research Institute is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, the center actively recruits applicants from a diverse group of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Required:
+ You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or related science or engineering field, and possess a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) + Experience in development and/or application of atomistic simulation methods, primarily molecular dynamics + Interest and experience in mentoring within a research environment + Record of research as proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals or competitive conference proceedings Due to U.S. export-control laws, only U.S. Persons (U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or refugees) are eligible for consideration

Desired:
+ Experience with the LAMMPS software package, both in code development and application + Knowledge of composite materials, such as ferroelectric composite materials, organized composites, or carbon nanotube or nanorod filled composites + Knowledge of polymer modeling and the deduction of polymer properties using molecular dynamics + Knowledge of laboratory techniques for polymer characterization, such as electron microscopy + Experience in high-performance scientific computer programming + Experience using and developing machine learned models for materials modeling + Experience with electronic structure codes such as Gaussian, NWChem, or VASP + A dedication to encourage an inclusive culture, as demonstrated in your application materials + Interest in impacting applications and customers in support of DOE missions

Department Description:

The Computational Multiscale Department performs outstanding research and development in physics-based materials modeling and high-performance computing. We combine expertise across multiple fields to tackle science and engineering problems in support of the DOE mission. Our team brings together authorities in density functional theory, molecular dynamics, direct simulation Monte Carlo, microstructure modeling, continuum mechanics, equations of state, and peridynamics. We lead a number of software development efforts, including the LAMMPS molecular dynamics code, and strive to advance the state of the art in materials modeling through a wide range of collaborations across the laboratories.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. Job ID: 679618

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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