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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Multiscale Modeling and Computational Fluid Mechanics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309777

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Advanced Comput, Math & Data

Group: Computational Mathematics

Job Description

The Invitation

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’s your chance to be one of them.

At PNNL, you’ll find a positive, fast-paced 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 dollar-stretching, affordable cost of living. Nestled on the scenic banks of the Columbia River in the fun, mid-sized metropolitan area of Tri-Cities, the Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3.5 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland.

The Opportunity

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in scalable synthesis of materials, chemicals, and biological systems as part of the Lab’s Advanced Computing, Mathematics and Data Division (ACMDD). As a postdoctoral researcher, you’ll join a talented, diverse team to make a scientific impact in predicting and controlling behavior of complex engineered and natural systems using Multiphysics and multiscale modeling techniques. You’ll be mentored by a (Senior) Scientist in the Computational Mathematics Group, as you refine your talent in computational (solid/fluid) mechanics, multi-scale modeling, and multi-physics simulations.

The Ideal Candidate

If you’re ready to test your talents and training in mathematics and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in Advanced Computing, Mathematics and Data, we want to connect with you. Details are below, and you don’t need to meet all requirements to be considered.

What you’ll do:

• Develop physics-based Multiscale Multiphysics computational tools for including advanced energy storage systems. Background in electrochemistry, fluid/solid mechanics, heat/mass transport, and energy storage system modeling is highly desired.

• Publish results and capability development in high quality, peer-reviewed journals

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

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

• Participate in the development of research proposals

• Extend or develop fundamental understanding of physics, and novel applications to problems critical for national interests

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged.

Call or text Human Resources (509) 596-0961 to convey your interest and get more information about PNNL or email Dr. Zhijie Xu at for details about this position. Also, please share this opportunity with someone you know.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in mechanical/civil/chemical engineering, applied mechanics or related fields

  • Training and aptitude in applied mathematics and computational fluid mechanics and/or solid mechanics

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

  • Strong computational skills and theoretical background in computational fluids dynamics and solid mechanics, electrochemistry and energy storage system.

  • Familiar with commercial simulation packages such as ABAQUS/ANSYS/Star CCM/COMSOL and open source tools OpenFOAM etc.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

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

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Computational Mathematics

Opening Date: 2019-09-06

Closing Date: 2019-10-03