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Advanced Manufacturing Postdoctoral Research Associate

Company: Idaho National Laboratory
Location: Idaho Falls
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Job Description:

Job InformationJob Title: Advanced Manufacturing Postdoctoral Research Associate-- --
Org: Modeling & Simulation
Contact: T(see application details)
Work Location:-- Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80s) Mission/Vision Statement Empowering the Nation's Energy FutureMission: 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.
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.--

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. Responsibilities The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Science or Mechanical Engineering or comparable discipline for the Materials Science and Engineering Department. This postdoctoral researcher will join the modeling and simulation group and focus on advanced manufacturing to advance INL capabilities in 3D printing of metals/ceramics using various types of equipment; printed sensors; spark-plasma sintering; welding; materials characterization (X-ray CT, XRD, SEM, etc.); and advanced numerical algorithms. Combined experimental/computational techniques will be employed for materials discovery and design for extreme environments that may include neutron irradiation, corrosion, and/or high-temperature applications.

As a post-doctoral associate, the position will require the following skills and competencies:

- Ability to obtain and retain a security clearance This position requires the applicant to have a Ph.D. in materials/mechanical engineering, proficiency in advanced manufacturing, computational methods and programming, computer-aided design (CAD) and thermo-mechanics. The position entails acquiring "hands-on" experimental data and analyzing that data using modern machine learning and computational methods. The preferred candidate will have experience in PYTHON programming and machine learning/artificial intelligence methods, thermo-structural analysis software (such as ABAQUS), computational fluid dynamics tools and CAD (STAR-CCM+, SolidWorks, Inventor, etc.), and high-performance computing systems, image analysis and visualization.

- You are expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both independently and as a team member. The candidate must be self-motivated but also take direction from other team members and peers.
- You will support identification of new research opportunities that attract funding, play a key role in technical teams to respond to those opportunities, support proposal writing activities by way of introducing new ideas and approaches, and help secure funding for the conduct of that research.
- The position entails writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.--


  • PhD in engineering, materials science, computer science or comparable disciplines
  • PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
  • Expertise in fluid and thermo-structural analysis software (such as STAR-CCM+ and ABAQUS) and CAD (SolidWorks, Inventor, etc.), especially design optimization
  • Strong programming skills in Python, MATLAB, R, C++
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence experience (e.g., tensorflow)
  • Knowledge of high-performance computing systems (software execution and visualization)
  • Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills in English
  • Ability to propose innovative new ideas, finding means of funding them and successfully deliver tangible results
  • Willingness to travel periodically to interact with customers or to attend conferences***Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE "L" clearance***

    Desired Qualifications:
  • Coursework in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Experience with 3D printing, welding/joining technologies
  • Experience with microstructural examination techniques, beamline experiments, data and image analysis
  • Experience with the Materials Project Selective Service RequirementsTo 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 - 25lbs max.; Exertion - minimal; Repetitive work - intermittent.
    Special Senses: Visually demanding work; Audio alarms; Ability to smell.Work Conditions: Stairs; Hazardous chemical/waste; Radiation work; Protective clothing; Typing/keyboard; > 8 Hrs/day. Please Apply Before:January 31, 2020 (Midnight) Environmental, Safety and Health StatementMust 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 InformationWhen applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration. INL OverviewINL 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 AreaIdaho 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 .

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