Energy Conversion Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104764
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: January 11 2019

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening within the Energy Conversion and Storage Group for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member. The Energy Conversion and Storage Group seeks to gain fundamental and practical insight into combustion processes through numerical simulations and experiments and develop predictive combustion models and software that are fast enough to impact the engine design cycle. This position is in the Computational Engineering Division (CED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in and development of one or more of the following areas: fluid dynamics, heat transfer, reactive chemistry, numerical methods, and machine learning.
- Design, implement, and analyze techniques in one or more of the above areas.
- Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
- Reduce the time, resource cost, or increase accuracy of combustion simulations by designing efficient algorithms guided by applied mathematics and physics.
- Develop and apply numerical tools to simulate high efficiency clean combustion engine regimes and novel combustion systems by combining multidimensional fluid mechanics with chemical kinetics.
- Conduct detailed analysis of high efficiency clean combustion engine regimes and novel combustion processes.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Engineering, Applied Science, or related field.
- Demonstrated solid background and experience in one or more of the following areas: fluid dynamics, heat transfer, reactive chemistry, numerical methods, and machine learning.
- Comprehensive knowledge in analysis, modeling, and simulation tools (e.g. CAD, CFD, FEA).
- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in writing technical reports, journal articles, and high-quality research proposals.
- Demonstrated project management skills.
- Experience with C++, Python, R, Linux, Unix, GPUs, and massively parallel algorithm development, experiment design and data acquisition.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the location of the assignment.

If you are selected and a security clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. L and Q-level clearances require U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:  This is a one year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.