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Computational Molecular Science Postdoctoral Research Associate - (12627)

Job Information
Job Title: Computational Molecular Science Postdoctoral Research Associate   
Org: Materials Science & Engineering
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80's)

Mission/Vision Statement
Empowering the Nation's Energy Future
Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate in the area of computational molecular science. This position requires proven expertise in the density functional theory simulations, classical/reactive molecular dynamics simulations, and Monte Carlo simulations relevant to the energy storage applications (e.g., modeling the electrode-electrolyte interfacial electrochemical reactions), and material structure-property relationship characterization (thermal, structural, and mechanical properties of materials are the primary interest).
You should have a good fundamental understanding of the underlying physicochemical processes and ability to decipher and communicate the underlying governing principles to the fellow research domain scientists, graduate students, and external collaborators. Direct research experience with the popular computational codes (including LAMMPS, VASP, and Quantum Expresso), and some primary understanding of the new force field development methodologies is a plus. 



• PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years 
• PhD in computational molecular science, materials science or comparable disciplines
• Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills 
• Ability to decipher the fundamental governing principles and knowledge through computational modeling and simulations
• A strong background in density functional theory and classical/reactive molecular dynamics simulations, and their application relevant to the energy storage systems and material structure-property relationship characterization
• Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English)
• Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently
• Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, an adapt to ever changing needs.
Selective Service Requirements
To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see
Employee Job Functions
Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.
Motor Abilities: Standing - prolonged; Bending/stooping; Squatting; Fine motor control (hands); Lifting ability - 25 lbs max; Exertion - minimal; Repetitive work - intermittent.
Special Senses: Visually demanding work; Audio alarms; Ability to smell.
Work Conditions: Stairs; >8 Hrs/day; Typing/keyboard.

Please Apply Before: November 19, 2018 (Midnight MST) 

 Environmental, Safety and Health Statement
Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

Other Information
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INL Overview
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense.  With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Idaho Falls Area
Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

JOB: Postdoc
ORGANIZATION: Energy & Environment Science & Technology (Bxxx)
SCHEDULE: Full-time
JOB POSTING: Nov 5, 2018, 3:06:22 PM
UNPOSTING DATE: Nov 19, 2018, 11:59:00 PM