Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Science Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Staff in both the Physics and Chemistry of Materials Group (T-1) in the Theoretical Division, the Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Group (MST-8) in the Materials Science and Technology Division, and the Finishing Manufacturing Science Group (Sigma-2) in Sigma Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking multiple candidates for postdoctoral appointment in computational materials science research. The positions are in support of several research projects that address problems in radiation damage and corrosion of materials, defect evolution in complex oxides, and the development of long time scale methodologies and simulation codes. Areas of particular interest are:

  • Computational methods for simulating long time scale atomistic dynamics (accelerated molecular dynamics and related methods)

  • Applications of long time scale methods for simulating defect kinetics in complex oxide ceramics

  • Data mining and machine learning approaches for materials discovery using both electronic structure and experimental input

  • Density functional theory studies of fundamental defect properties in metallic alloys and oxide ceramics

  • Development of high performance scientific software

The ideal candidate would have expertise in multiple areas.

In addition, depending on his/her expertise, the candidate may contribute to a broad range of research projects including scintillator discovery and characterization, materials under extremes of radiation and corrosion, the simulation of nuclear fuels, and the development of advanced methods for treating long time scale problems. 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 with US citizenship 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.

For general information to the Postdoc Program go to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php.

What You Need

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.

Desired Skills:

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

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

  • Ability to obtain a Q-clearance.


  • A Ph.D. in physics, materials science or very 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 (blas@lanl.gov)

  • 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.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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 Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Uberuaga, Blas P

Organization Name: MST-8/Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamic Extremes

Email: blas@lanl.gov

Job Title: Materials Science Postdoctoral Research Associate

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC68861