Physics and Chemistry Postdocs
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Job ID: IRC88032
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in cutting edge science and engineering research. We are seeking qualified applicants for multiple postdoctoral openings to join our Physics and Chemistry of Materials group (T-1) and perform outstanding research at the intersection of machine learning, theoretical chemistry and physics. Our group works in a highly collaborative environment, directly interfacing with experimental colleagues and maintaining joint research projects with many academic institutions. Your role in this team will focus on the construction of high accuracy machine learning models, capable of performing large atomistic simulations and determining material performance with quantified uncertainty. These models will be critical for defining performance margins in engineering applications. Training data for these models will be a combination of quantum mechanics simulations as well as customized experiments. This research will also provide opportunities to collaborate with experimentalists at facilities such as the Linac Coherent Light Source and Argonne National Laboratory IVEM facility and guide their experiments to produce new datasets useful to machine learning applications.
The members of the T-1 group, who would sponsor the postdoctoral associates, are experts in theory and simulation of materials using a wide range of techniques, as well as data science. As one of the seven groups of the Theoretical Division (https://theoretical.lanl.gov), T-1 seeks to understand how microscopic properties of materials are related to their macroscopic performance. We provide unique opportunities for career development including cross disciplinary collaborations, scientific workshop organization and conference attendance (https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research). Outstanding applicants may be nominated for prestigious LANL-funded fellowships, enabling the pursuit of independent research.
- PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science or related fields completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed
- Demonstrated expertise in one of the following:
- Machine learning methods, ideally in their application to materials and chemistry research
- Data science techniques in uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis
- Electronic structure theory and atomistic simulations of materials
- Classical, semi-classical or quantum molecular dynamics
- Programming experience, preferably in Python/Pytorch, C/C++, or GPU languages such as Computer Unified Device Architecture (CUDA).
- Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer reviewed publications.
- Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
- Experience with High-Performance Computing (HPC) or Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) computing
- Demonstrated ability work independently with minimum supervision.
- Interest and flexibility to adapt to new areas of research.
- Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact with people with a variety of expertise.
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