Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - MesoKinetics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 103674
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: April 13 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the area of mesoscopic modeling of chemical and materials kinetic processes at reactive interfaces in materials for energy storage and conversion.You will actively participate in the research and development of mesoscale computational models and codes for investigating mechanisms and simulating kinetic processes in materials for hydrogen storage and production in support of the multi-laboratory consortia HyMARC and HydroGEN as part of the Energy Materials Network within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This position is in the Computational Materials Science group of the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct fundamental and applied research in the kinetics of hydrogen interactions with materials.  
- Develop integrated modeling and simulation capabilities for simulating concurrent chemical and materials kinetic processes in energy storage and conversion materials.
- Design and perform systematic computer simulations on LLNL supercomputers for establishing the foundational understanding of operating kinetic mechanisms in these materials.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with scientists in multidisciplinary team environment within the DOE Energy Materials Network, including experimental and multiscale modeling experts.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, applied math, or related field.
- Knowledge in materials phase transition and/or chemical kinetic mechanisms.
- Knowledgeable of the phase-field method or comparable continuum modeling techniques.
- Experience with numerical methods for solving partial differential equations such as finite difference, finite element, and/or spectral methods.
- Experience in writing computer codes and/or advanced numerical solvers.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with FORTRAN, C/C++, and parallel computing.
- Experience in theoretical/computational studies of material microstructure evolution involving microelasticity effects and/or interfacial reactions.
- Experience with developing quantitative, parameterized phase-field models for solid-state phase transformation of real materials systems.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  None required.


Note:  Relisted position.  Originally listed on 4/13/2018.  Previous candidates need not reapply.  

This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


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