Quantum Simulations - Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We currently have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of first principles quantum mechanics and atomistic modeling of high-pressure phenomena. The emphasis will be on exploring properties of solids near melting and solid-liquid phase transitions leading to the development of new equation of state (EOS) models and atomic potentials. Postdoctoral candidates with a background in theoretical condensed matter physics or computational chemistry are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate will work closely with a multidisciplinary team in support of projects sponsored by the NNSA. The position is in the Physics Division of the Physics and Life Sciences Directorate. 
Essential Duties
- Design and perform accurate simulations using state-of-the-art approaches, including electronic structure theory, and first principles and classical molecular dynamics
- Develop and apply theoretical free energy models to build physics-based multiphase EOSs or interatomic potentials, including the potential application of machine-learning techniques 
- Publish research results in external peer-reviewed scientific journals and participate in conferences.
- Present formal and informal overviews of research progress at weekly meetings
- Participate in existing Division collaborations within national labs and academia 
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, both internally and externally
- Perform other duties as assigned

Essential Qualifications 
- Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics, theoretical chemistry, materials science, or a related field.
Experience in one or more of the following areas; Development of EOS and free energy models, Atomistic simulations (quantum or classical), Application of machine learning algorithms applied to material simulations, Development of atomistic force fields, simulations over different time and length scales, including continuum-scale hydrodynamics simulations. 
- Ability to think critically and develop independent research projects through literature review, attendance of talks/seminars, and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts.
- Creative theorist able to develop innovative solutions and possesses a broad knowledge of different simulation software, data acquisition, data analysis, and computer programming
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures, and scientific publications
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with a clear desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: atomistic potential development, machine learning algorithms, development of EOS and free energy models.
- Proficiency in C++, Python, and/or FORTRAN.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a two year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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