Atomistic Modeling - Postdoctoral Researcher
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Livermore, California, (US)
- Closing date
- 31 Mar 2023
- Energy & renewables
- Job type
- Research facilities
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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.
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We have multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers to conduct research on atomistic modeling of heterogeneous interfaces for energy storage and conversion. Focus areas will include simulations of structure, chemistry, and transport at solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces, with applications including solid-state batteries and the delivery and storage of hydrogen. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary team in support of projects sponsored by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies and Vehicle Technologies Offices within the Department of Energy. These positions are in the Quantum Simulations Group of the Materials Science Division.
In this role you will
- Perform atomistic simulations of complex solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces.
- Perform sophisticated searches for global minima of complex potential energy surfaces.
- Perform thermodynamic and kinetic analyses of phase transitions and chemical reactions.
- Develop structure-composition-property relationships for optimizing transport and reactivity using statistical, analytical, and machine learning methodologies.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
- Collaborate with computational and experimental scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences/technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a related field.
- Experience in the application of density functional theory to simulations of chemical reactions and/or ion transport in materials.
- Experience performing large-scale ab initio simulations on high-performance computing environments.
- Additional experience in at least one of the following methods: molecular dynamics, cluster expansion, advanced statistical sampling, kinetic Monte Carlo, or continuum simulations, as applied to the abovementioned applications.
- Ability to work independently on technical tasks, influence technical objectives, to provide in depth analysis, and develop unique technical solutions.
- Ability to develop independent research directions and describe results effectively in published peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment, prepare written reports and present and explain technical information.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers and other technical and administrative staff in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience with the development of novel methods for modeling the effects of structure and composition on interfacial chemical and electrochemical reactivity.
- Experience with the application of statistical, analytical, or machine learning methods for optimizing ion transport at interfaces and in solids.
- Experience in developing machine-learning interatomic potentials for complex materials.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
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- Flexible Benefits Package
- Education Assistance
- Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
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