The Division of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, is searching for qualified candidates to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position available within Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES) projects involving materials design with experimental validations. Research will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Duane Johnson’s research group. Projects will involve work with in-house and other standard electronic-structure techniques, such as plane-wave, full-potential, and Green’s function methods, as well as utilize object-oriented and parallel programming (Fortran and C/ C++), with shell scripting, compilers, debuggers, and version control tool. A principle component of the research is the algorithm and code development with to predict reliably phase transformations and finite-temperature properties, and apply modern database or machine-learning approaches to materials discovery.
The BES project will focus on Mapping and Manipulating Phase Transformation Pathways in complex materials and extreme conditions to design and control materials transition and properties, Materials include quantum materials and structural materials, such as high-entropy alloys, and involve collaborations with several experimental groups. Green’s function, multiple-scattering theory (KKR) methods, including linear-response methods, along with a working knowledge of correlated-electron and excited-state physics is necessary to develop unique thermodynamics and excited-state capabilities, including in extreme environments (e.g., high-temperature applications or even warm-dense matter).
The candidate is expected to collaborate in a team consisting of other scientists and graduate students, and conduct both collaborative and independent research. Therefore, the successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences. The successful candidate will have the ability to plan, initiate, and execute research in collaboration with multiple PIs. Strong interpersonal skill with positive attitude is also helpful to provide professional work environment.
Required Qualifications: 1) Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.
Preferred Qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science or related field 2) Demonstrated knowledge and experience with electronic-structure methods and their applications to complex materials. 3) Demonstrated knowledge or experience with electronic-structure methods development (including mathematical derivation), coding, and application of such methods, as it is a principle R&D component. 4) Demonstrated knowledge and experience with multiple-scattering (Green’s function) theory, algorithm developing, coding, and application of such methods using in density-functional theory. 5) Experience with programming FORTRAN modules; object-oriented and parallel programming in Fortran and C/ C++, in addition to shell scripting, compilers and debuggers. 6) Experience with software engineering and version control tools, especially for electronic-structure codes. 7) Demonstrated knowledge or experience in using databases, shell scripting, data-correlation, and modern data use paradigms.
Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter detailing specific experience; 2) current C.V.; and 3) contact information for three (3) references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To guarantee consideration, applications must be submitted by June 11, 2019.
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About Ames Laboratory
The Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For over 65 years, the Ames Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university.
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