Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Shock and Detonation Physics group is seeking a postdoctoral candidate (U.S. Citizenship REQUIRED) to perform research related to the physics and chemistry of energetic material thermal ignition, thermal decomposition and melting and shock initiation.
The successful candidate will develop and employ high-fidelity finite-element models using the COMSOL Multiphysics Software suite and the Los Alamos National Laboratory High-Performance Computing resources for reactive flow hydrodynamic problems. The COMSOL models will incorporate heat transfer effects, electromagnetic energy interactions, plasma physics and multi-step chemical kinetics.
In this role, you will address hydrodynamic problems, including the application of novel, physically aware reactive flow models and high-fidelity mesoscale models. Your work will have the potential to be included in physics and chemistry journals, as well as applications in projects with national security missions. Although the position is mainly theory and modeling, you will perform hands-on experiments with energetic materials.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics or related field. (You must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by the commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.)
Expertise in fine element analysis and software, with prior experience theory and modeling of heat transfer in systems with exo- or endothermic chemical reactions
Experience with high-performance computing systems/clusters, Python programming environment and low-level computer command-line interfaces, such as Unix and shell scripts
Demonstrated communication, language and organizational skills and independent problem-solving
Demonstrated self-motivation and ability to work in a collaborative environment in shared laboratory space, including active interfacing with colleagues to push forward results into publication format, as well as modifying materials for practical applications
Ability to meet active DOE Q Clearance
Experience using COSMOL Multiphysics Software suite for advanced problems using heat transfer, mass transfer, electromagnetic, plasma physics and chemical reactions
Hands-on experience and interest in energetic materials
Experience working in an experimental laboratory
Willingness to handle sensitive, high-explosive materials in a rigorous safety environment (no previous experience is required—training will be provided)
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