Electrochemical Modeling and Simulation Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105301
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: May 09 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct basic and applied research in the simulation and modeling of electrochemical systems. You will work independently to both apply commercial tools and extend and develop physics-based simulation code in focus areas including electrochemical energy storage and carbon conversion. This position is in the Computational Engineering Division (CED) of the Engineering Directorate.
 
Essential Duties
- Conduct research and development in the modeling and simulation of electrochemical systems for energy storage, carbon conversion, and advanced manufacturing.
- Develop and analyze continuum models to describe the local fluid flow, species flux, heat transfer, electric fields, and electrochemical reactions in electrochemical reactors, flow batteries, and related electrochemical systems.
- Employ and extend continuum ((i.e., finite volume or finite element) commercial, open-source, and LLNL simulation codes to implement models and perform electrochemical simulations.
- Work with engineers and scientists to identify and solve challenging electrochemical energy storage and conversion problems.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications
- Recent Ph.D. in engineering, mathematics, computational science, or a related field.
- Experience developing or modifying simulations using continuum (finite-element/ finite-volume) approaches for flowing electrochemical or reactive mass transfer systems (e.g., flow batteries, electrochemical reactors, corrosion, electroplating, fuel cells, etc.).
- Experience programming in C/C++ and scripting languages like Python/Matlab.
- Experience with commercial (e.g., COMSOL, Starccm+, Ansys/Fluent, etc.) or opensource (e.g., OpenFOAM, FENICS, etc.) codes.
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment, and take initiative.
 
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with massively-parallel computing and one or more associated parallel programming interfaces, such as MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA and open source support libraries such as PETSc or Parasol.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: This position requires either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the particular 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.Text revised effective 7/1/19.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.