We are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on computational studies of polymers. This position resides in the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and will be directly associated with our theme science on Harnessing Complex Macromolecular Conformations.
As part of our research team, you will participate in efforts to computationally simulate structure and dynamics of polymers in equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions. You will have many opportunities to benefit from interacting with research staff in the mathematical formulation of models, and from interactions with experimentalists at ORNL facilities including the CNMS and ORNL’s neutron scattering facilities, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).
Perform computations for models of neutral and charged polymers to help understand their novel behaviors to predict their potential novel properties and functionalities
Develop models and methodologies for polymers in non-equilibrium conditions
Actively interact with experimental colleagues across ORNL. As such, this position provides the chance to create meaningful contributions in the field of complex collective phenomena in charged polymers while refining your existing theoretical skills and developing new ones
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in physics, chemistry, applied physics, material science, chemical engineering or a related discipline completed within the last five years
Background in condensed matter physics and computational calculations with model Hamiltonians
Experience with electrostatic models for polymers
Experience with the field theoretical and phase field-based simulation techniques
Experience with non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
Familiarity with theoretical methods to calculate the dynamical structure factor S(q,w) and impedance needed to compare with neutron scattering and dielectric spectroscopy experiments
Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position and your name in the subject line.
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Excellence in performance of the Laboratory requires excellence in the performance of our employees. ORNL recognizes this by offering competitive pay and benefits programs designed to attract and retain people who share our commitment to excellence. The Lab offers a multitude of employee benefits, including flexible work hours and wellness programs to help you and your family achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.
•Medical, dental, and vision insurance
•Flexible spending accounts
•Paid holidays, vacation, and leave
•Flexible working hours
•Employee wellness programs and onsite fitness centers
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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