Computational Materials Science Postdoc

Updated: 12 days ago

Staff in both the Detonation Science and Technology Group (Q-6) in the Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division and the Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Group (MST-8) in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking candidates for a joint postdoctoral appointment in computational materials science research. The position is in support of efforts to address radiation damage and changes in performance to a range of materials including semiconductors, optical components, insulators, etc. Areas of particular interest are:

In addition, depending on his/her expertise, the candidate may contribute to a broad range of research projects including detonator technology, radiation effects in nuclear energy materials, the properties and performance of semiconducting systems, and the development of new computational approaches to simulating materials under extreme environments. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third year extension depending on performance and funding availability.

Candidates may also be nominated for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Applicants will also be considered for the Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Physics. For these fellowships, the research scope can be broadened to include any topic of mutual interest.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in computational materials science at the atomistic scale.

  • Solid understanding of fundamental defect properties in materials.

  • Significant experience in running high performance simulation tools for modeling these systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and record of presenting at nationally recognized conferences

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with multiple scales of simulating materials (e.g. molecular dynamics, kinetic Monte Carlo, accelerated molecular dynamics).

  • Experience with writing code and implementing algorithms into high performance parallel codes.

  • Experience in experimental testing of material properties


A Ph.D. in physics, materials science, mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.

Notes to Applicants:

  • In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, cover letter, CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Blas Uberuaga ( ), Xiang-Yang Liu (, and Steve Tobin ( )

  • The cover letter should address the minimum job requirements and desired skills of this position, with specific examples from your academic and research experience.

  • To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested above.

  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ideally the applicant can start soon after Oct. 1, 2020.

Additional Details

Position does not require a security clearance; yet the applicant must be willing to apply for a clearance, a typical requirement for which is U.S. citizenship.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Northern New Mexico has several vibrant communities that many Lab employees call home. From serene mountains and river valleys to active city life, Northern New Mexico communities provide distinctive life style choices and access to it all.

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Contact Name Flanery, Selena Ortiz
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Vacancy Name: IRC79148
Organization Name MST-8/Structure/Property Relations
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Req ID: IRC79148
Category: Postdoc

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