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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Computational Mechanics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311044

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Advanced Computing & Mathematics

Group: Computational & Data Engineering

Job Description

The Opportunity: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in the areas of computational solid mechanics, multiscale materials modeling, and development of constitutive models using crystal plasticity and Finite Element as part of the Lab’s Advanced Computing and Mathematics Division (ACMD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational and Data Engineering group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the modeling and simulation of material response in complex multi-physical systems. You will be mentored by prominent researchers and senior investigators in the group as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the effects of model parameters, physical measurements, plasticity, and crystallization on the system. You will also work to better understand the limitations in computational modeling techniques and to develop ways to improve the models to better represent the system as well as perform faster and more efficient calculations.

The Ideal Candidate : If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in computational solid mechanics and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.

What you will do :

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and work on team assignments

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the group, division, and across PNNL

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

  • Train and mentor others

About PNNL: At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science / Aerospace Engineering / Applied Mathematics /Computational Sciences or related discipline or related field strongly preferred

  • Strong background in computational solid mechanics, multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, and crystal plasticity.

  • Proficiency in scientific programming and skills in using computer software and one or more programming languages, such as C/C++, Python, Matlab or Fortran.

  • Experience with CP-FEM (crystal plasticity-finite element method) modeling and development of constitutive laws.

  • Familiarity with subroutine development and implementation in Finite Element codes

  • Familiarity with finite element software packages such as Abaqus, LS-Dyna or any open-source software package.

  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational and communication skills.

Preferred Education/Credential:

  • PhD, or within 5 years of completion of Ph.D. at time of being proposed for review by the committee, or will have completed all Ph. D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

  • Demonstrated working effectively with multi-disciplinary teams

Special Working Conditions or Environment: .

Have the ability to telework as needed during the pandemic stage

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Computational & Data Eng Group

Opening Date: 2020-09-10

Closing Date: 2020-09-24