Computational Mechanics Postdoc

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Job Title Computational Mechanics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name XCP-4/Methods And Algorithms

What You Will Do

The XCP-4 Group develops advanced concepts for scientific computing—from conception through implementation and application. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, cross-linked expertise for the development of scientific computing.  The XCP-4 Group is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position focused on material model development, implementation, and testing in multiphysics codes.



What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of large deformation constitutive theory for solid materials.
  • Experience in material model algorithm development and implementation in finite element and/or finite volume codes.
  • Experience with verification and/or validation of material models.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues from varying backgrounds on research covering multiple physics areas.
  • A demonstrated commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.
  • A demonstrated and maintained excellence in written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to obtain a Q-Clearance, which usually requires US Citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with modeling solid materials undergoing shock loading imposed by high explosives or impact.
  • Experience with Lagrangian and Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Methods on general unstructured (polygonal and polyhedral) meshes.
  • Working knowledge (proficiency preferred) in F95, C++, and Python.
  • Working knowledge of hydrodynamic theory and modeling approaches/algorithm development in large multiphysics codes.
  • Working knowledge of shock physics and related experiments.
  • Ability to learn and develop skills in complementary disciplines.

Education:  Ph.D. in Engineering, Materials Science (or related field) completed within the last five years, or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants:  Applicants should include a comprehensive cover letter addressing their qualifications and how those qualifications meet the job requirements.

Contact:  Roseanne Swoboda,

Additional Details:

Q Clearance:  (Position will be cleared to this level).  Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.


*Eligibility requirements:  To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.


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.


Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.


For general information to go to Postdoc Program . 


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.

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