Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University

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Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University

The Mechanics and Computation Group (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at Stanford University is seeking applicants for the “Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship.” This appointment is for a term of two years, beginning in September 2018.

The Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow will be given the opportunity to pursue independent research in the general area of solid mechanics, as well as to contribute to ongoing research in the Mechanics and Computation Group. Research activities should be in the field of solid mechanics interpreted broadly. The candidate should be aligned with interests in the group, which include additive manufacturing, micro- and nano-mechanics, and bio-mechanics, with an interest in machine learning as it applies to the field of computational mechanics. Candidates will be given opportunities to develop their teaching experience by designing and teaching a class in the mechanics curriculum. This position might be of particular interest to candidates who are seeking an academic career.

Candidates are expected to show outstanding promise in research, as well as strong interest and ability in teaching. They must have received a Ph.D. prior to the start of the appointment, but not before 2018. Applicants should send a cover letter (one page); a curriculum vitae; a list of publications; brief statements of proposed research (up to three pages) and teaching (one page); the names and contact information of three recommendation letter writers. For full consideration, applications must be completed no later than 11PM PST, Sunday December 15, 2019.

Please send your application by email to:
Kelly Chu,
Email subject: Stephen Timoshenko Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow search All documents attached to the email should be PDF (Portable Document Format).

Adjunct MiSTEM Network Project Director and Grant Manager

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Adjunct MiSTEM Network Project Director and Grant Manager 

Where: Regional Math and Science Center

The MiSTEM networks seeks a Project Director to convene, coordinate, direct and support statewide science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related activities. The Project Director will manage the work of the statewide grant efforts to build statewide capacity for STEM education and talent development and co-lead a team of experts and Program Managers supporting this work across the state.This work will involve collaboration with multiple stakeholders in multiple locations across the state, under the direction of the MiSTEM Network Executive Director, the MiSTEM Advisory Council, and advised by the MiSTEM Network Directors. This position is contingent upon grant funding, which will initially run through June 30, 2020 with the possibility of extension beyond.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Project Management or direction skills;
  • Knowledge of or interest in the statewide and/or national landscape for STEM education and talent development;
  • Experience leading stakeholders toward action and outcomes;
  • Proficiency with various communication and productivity tools (Microsoft Office, etc.); and
  • Experience with grants, budgeting, deadlines and reporting.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Master’s degree or higher in an education discipline or in project/process management;
  • Strong experience and/or master’s in public policy or organizational development;
  • Background or experience STEM education, either in K-12 or higher education;
  • Experience working with data driven decision making, workforce or talent development, building cross-sector teams, or working with researchers and experts or other similar skillsets;
  • Experience bridging education with business and industry, working with philanthropic or community programs or other similar skillsets; and/or
  • Experience facilitating professional learning.

A position posting can be found at: 

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Apply online at and select “Apply now”. Applicants must include a cover letter, resume or CV, a writing sample, and a vision for education. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

For questions about this position, please contact Megan Schrauben at

HPC Student Project Opportunities through Los Alamos National Laboratory

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HPC Data Movement Student Project Opportunities Los Alamos National Laboratory

Interested in working on an HPC project with Los Alamos National Laboratory? Check out the list of available internship projects here.

How to apply: email

Learn about the teams looking for interns:

About the HPC Computer System Professional (CSP) Team
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Computer System Professional (CSP) within the HPC Systems Group (HPC-SYS) team provides vanguard monitoring, support, testing, and maintenance for existing supercomputers, as well as deployment support for the future systems that comprise LANL’s HPC production capability. Team members receive broad technical exposure to high performance computing and develop the technical skills in system, network, and file system administration to support, maintain, and continually evolve world-class supercomputers that rely upon data movement and storage systems supporting 100 Petabytes of capacity, as well as high speed networks (including Ethernet, InfiniBand, andOmni-Path networks) operating at up to 100 Gigabit per second of throughput. The CSP Team seeks highly motivated, productive, inquisitive, and multi-talented candidates who are equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a team.

About the HPC Data Movement and Storage Team
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Data Storage Team provides vanguard production support, research, and development for existing and future systems that feed and unleash the power of the supercomputer. The Data Storage Team designs, builds and maintains some of the largest, fastest and most complex data movement and storage systems in the world, including systems supporting 100 Petabytes of capacity. We provide storage systems spanning the full range of tiers from the most resilient archival systems to the pinnacle of high-speed storage, including all-flash file systems and systems supplying bandwidth that exceeds a terabyte per second to some of the largest and fastest supercomputers in the world. Innovators and builders at heart, the Data Storage team seeks highly motivated, productive, inquisitive, and multi-talented candidates who are equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a team. Team member duties include: designing, building, and maintaining world-class data movement and storage systems; evaluating and testing new technology and solutions; system administration of HPC storage infrastructure in support of compute clusters; diagnosing, solving, and implementing solutions for various system operational problems; tuning file systems to increase performance and reliability of services; process automation.

About the HPC Networking Team
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Networking Team provides vanguard production support, research, and development for existing and future high-speed networks and interconnects that feed and unleash the power of the supercomputer. The Networking Team designs, builds and maintains some of the largest, fastest, and secure networks for both data movement and system capability in the world, including systems supporting up to 100 Gigabit per second of throughput and continuing to grow. We provide network technology spanning the full range of tiers from campus networks to highest speed cluster interconnects for some of the largest and fastest supercomputers in the world. The HPC Networking Team is responsible for all aspects of networking within the HPC environment across three separate networks. This includes Ethernet, InfiniBand, and Omni-Path networks used within more than a dozen high performance computing resources. This also includes significantly complex Ethernet networks that control and manage access between the clusters and external resources. The successful candidate will support design, deployment, and maintenance efforts for networks within the HPC environment. Builders and problem-solvers at heart, the HPC Networking Team seeks highly motivated, productive, inquisitive, and multi-talented candidates who are equally comfortable working independently as well as part of a team.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Opportunities with Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Information Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) Internship Opportunities with Los Alamos National Laboratory

ISTI Summer Schools 2020

Who: Undergraduate and graduate students
To apply: visit

Students, start your career before you even graduate! Join the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where they solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. This means working in national security, energy, healthcare, engineering, and more.

The Information Science & Technology Institute (ISTI)’s summer programs for students address emerging challenges in national security:

  • Parallel Computing Research Internship Get a foundation in modern high-performance computing (HPC) and research real problems encountered in large-scale scientific codes.
  • Co-design School Work on a team research project related to computational co-design, such as novel programming models on a specific application like hydrodynamics and molecular dynamics.
  • Data Science at Scale School Work with computer and application scientists to work on data-intensive science problems of interest to the laboratory, with a particular focus on using big data technologies.
  • Cyber Security School Prepare for your cyber security career by joining one of two tracks: incident response to learn the necessary concepts and skills to investigate cyber security incidents, or research to develop innovative solutions to address national cyber threats.
  • Applied Machine Learning Research Internship Apply machine learning methods to real-world scientific data analysis problems via team research projects.
  • Quantum Computing School Gain exposure to the theoretical foundations of quantum computation and become skilled at programming commercial quantum computers, such as those developed by D-Wave Systems and IBM.
  • Target Student: Upper-level undergraduate and early graduate students
  • More:

For more information and to apply, visit

HPC Computing Systems Staff Position Available with Los Alamos National Laboratory

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HPC Computing Systems Professional with Los Alamos National Laboratory

Where: Los Alamos, New Mexico
To apply: email Jeremy Hughes at

For consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter addressing how their knowledge, skills and abilities meet the minimum requirements along with a resume.

What You Will Do:
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory provides scientific computing resources consisting of some of the largest HPC systems in the world, including a large (19K+ node) Cray system called Trinity, as well as numerous large commodity cluster systems.  Our High Performance Computing (HPC) Computer System Professional (CSP) Team within the HPC Systems Group (HPC-SYS) provides vanguard production monitoring, support, testing, and maintenance for existing systems and deployment support for future systems.  Visit the HPC website to learn more:

The CSP Team is seeking our next dynamic team member to help deploy and maintain our existing and future HPC systems.  Mentoring of students, junior staff, and peers in technical and professional growth activities is highly valued, as is maintaining state-of-the-art technical expertise and knowledge within HPC and developing new skills in related disciplines.

This position will be filled at either the CSP 2, CSP 3 or CSP 4 level, as dictated by the current programmatic needs and skills of the selected candidate.  Job responsibilities will be assigned in accordance with the level at which the selected candidate is hired.

Computing System Professional 2 ($73,800- $120,400)
A successful Computing System Professional 2 candidate will participate in periodic on-call responsibilities and actively grow HPC skill base and expertise across networking, data storage, system administration as part of the HPC-SYS Triage Team. Specific tasks/scenarios in which the selected candidate will engage in include: deploying and testing new hardware, troubleshooting and diagnosing system failures, and modifying existing systems, software and methods while actively participating in knowledge sharing across teams.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of building, configuring, troubleshooting, and administering Linux computer/support systems, including Linux command line interface skills, and experience scripting in Bash, Perl, Python, or similar languages.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, including demonstrated ability to work productively with customers and suppliers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Proven track record of continuous learning to advance technical skillsets and knowledge

Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  At this level, applicable advanced vendor and/or professional certification is desirable.

Computing System Professional 3 ($89,900 – $148,300)
A successful Computing System Professional 3 candidate will participate in periodic on-call responsibilities and apply subject matter expertise in one or more core topical areas (system, network, or data storage administration), both independently and collaboratively with other members of the team or group, after receiving initial direction and requirements from technical project leads. In addition, the selected candidate will actively grow HPC skill base and expertise across networking, data storage, system administration as part of the HPC-SYS Triage Team. Specific tasks/scenarios in which the selected candidate will engage in include: deploying and testing new hardware, troubleshooting and diagnosing system failures, and modifying existing systems, software and methods while actively participating in knowledge sharing across teams.  In addition, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to develop technical products such as technical documentation, presentations, technical papers, and reports, to communicate findings internally.

Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  At this level, applicable advanced vendor and/or professional certification is desirable.

Minimum Job Requirements
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the CSP-3 level requires:

  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment to analyze problems, propose solutions to management, and deploy and document implemented solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience building, configuring, and administering production Linux computer/support systems, including strong command line Linux operating system skills, working knowledge of or experience with hardware and software security practices, and intermediate experience scripting in Bash, Perl, Python, or similar languages.
  • Demonstrated experience in automating tasks using programming and scripting
  • Ability to program in a compiled or interpretative language
  • Broad experience in network administration, including knowledge of TCP/IP, Ethernet, and/or High-Speed Networks (such as InfiniBand or Omni-Path) and/or broad experience in data storage administration, including knowledge of storage system hardware.
  • Experience communicating technical information to both technical and non-technical personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical strategy, accomplishments, and challenges to management team, as well as cross-organizationally.

Computing System Professional 4 ($98,900 – $165,100)
A successful Computing System Professional 4 candidate will, in addition to the duties outlined above, work as a technical leader to develop innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, techniques, and approaches to address specialized system problems, including proposing and implementing solutions to current problems and future HPC technologies in conjunction with junior and senior administrators and technical staff within and across teams; proactively examine our HPC infrastructure through creation of experiments and tooling to validate solutions and to detect and diagnose hardware health issues; analyze and share best practices and technical results to peers internally and at conferences, workshops, and meetings, as well as participate in strategic partnerships. The successful candidate will exercise independent judgement in methods, techniques, and evaluation criterial to achieve results while working closely with fellow HPC administrators as a leader and mentor to define and implement solutions on both tactical and strategic levels.  In addition, the selected CSP 4 candidate will interact and/or collaborate with people from other teams, groups, divisions, directorates, and programs to develop, implement, and/or communicate technical solutions and work to enhance the technical and professional expertise of other staff and students through active mentoring and training activities.

Minimum Job Requirements
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Computing System Professional level 4 requires:

  • Ability to leverage broad expertise or unique knowledge to contribute to development of technical objectives and principles as well as to achieve goals in creative and effective ways.
  • Demonstrated experience building, configuring and managing parallel or distributed file systems.
  • Broad demonstrated knowledge of production HPC system management topics including at least three of the following areas data storage, including Linux system administration, networking, programming, operating systems, configuration management, with depth in one or more areas.
  • Demonstrated programming experience including compiled languages and advanced scripting.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate competing computing subsystem technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, design, and lead technical efforts.
  • Experience interacting with vendors and colleagues within the industry, including presenting technical results and practices to peers locally and at conferences.

Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree from and accredited college or university and a minimum of twelve years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  At this level, advanced vendor and/or professional certifications are highly desirable and postgraduate course work may be expected.

Desired Skills for all levels

  • Experience working in a production computing environment, preferably with HPC data centers, large topology systems or at large scale.
  • Experience supporting a scientific user base and/or experience managing computers in a DOE or DOD classified environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with centralized configuration management in a heterogeneous computing environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with authentication services such as LDAP
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining various system services (Kerberos, NFS, SSH, Samba, etc.)
  • Experience integrating operational metrics into a monitoring system such as Splunk.
  • Experience configuring networks, network switches, firewalls. Experience with multiple network technologies (e.g., Ethernet, IB, OPA).
  • Experience with multiple Linux distributions; experience diagnosing system software problems; familiarity with Cfengine, Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt, or similar configuration and automation tools and practices; experience with revision control systems such as RCS, Subversion, or Git; and/or experience with low-level system administration tools such as perf, strace, tcpdump, and vmstat.
  • Knowledge of parallel/distributed file systems (e.g., Lustre, GPFS, Panasas, Glustre).
  • Knowledge of file systems such as ZFS, EXT, XFS and their underlying structures/characteristics.
  • Experience with Object storage and RESTful storage interfaces.
  • Experience with archival storage systems.
  • Experience configuring networks, network switches, and systems.
  • Experience configuring network firewalls.
  • Basic understanding of relational databases and database design methodologies.
  • Contribution to open source or non-work-related projects.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and mentoring teams, students, or junior team members.
  • An Active DOE Q Clearance.
  • An Active SCI Clearance.

For more information, visit the job posting here.

Supercomputer Institute Internship with Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Supercomputer Institute Internship with Los Alamos National Laboratory

View brochure here.

When: June 2 – August 14, 2020
Where:  Los Alamos, New Mexico
Who: Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, who have computer science, computer engineering, information technology, or related experience are eligible.

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2019

Program Overview
The Supercomputer Institute is an intense, paid, 11-week, hands-on technical internship for people of all majors interested in the growing field of high-performance computing. You will obtain a thorough introduction to the techniques and practices of HPC; no HPS experience is required.

The program begins with two weeks of “boot camp”. Small teams of interns build, configure, test, and operate an HPC compute cluster starting from stratch, turning a head of equipment, cables, and electricity into a working mini-supercomputer that can run real HPC applications.

Next, the project phase begins. Teams of interns work under the guidance of HPC Division staff mentors on applied research and development projects that address real challenges currently faced by the division. Some projects use the mini-supercomputers built during boot camp, and others use existing LANL resources. These projects regularly influence the division as well as the field of high-performance computing.

Finally, teams present their accomplishments as a poster and technical talk to Laboratory management, staff, and fellow interns in an end-of-summer celebration of intern work.

Minimum Requirements
Interns must meet the following minimum requirements. If you are unsure whether you meet them, email We don’t want miss someone because they meet requirements in a way we did not anticipate.

  • Computer science, computer engineering, IT, or related experience/training.
  • Intermediate understanding of the Linux OS. For example, this might mean you have basic understanding of how an operating system works, some experience using Linux, and some knowledge of how Linux differs from desktop (e.g., Mac, Window) or phone OSes (Android, iOS).
  • Intermediate command line skills. You should have basic knowledge of the terminal using a shell such as tcsh or Bash. This doesn’t necessarily have to be on Linux (Macs also have a nice command line).
  • Scripting or programming experience of some kind.
  • Collegial, personable, plays well with others; the program is a team sport. Please note this does not mean you have to be “normal”; neurodiversity is encouraged.
  • Well-rounded and curious.
  • Can deal with reasonable deadlines. It’s a fast-paced program, but not high pressure.
  • Meets LANL undergraduateor graduate student program requirements, as applicable.

Desired Skills
In addition to the above, we’re looking for interns that also have some of the following skills. Note that few interns have all of them.

  • Strong communication skills (written and/or oral).
  • Interesting experience with Linux, hardware, networking, security, filesystems, etc.
  • HPC experience, whether sysadmin or user.
  • C or systems programming experience.
  • Interesting novel perspectives. Can you expand our horizons?

Application procedure
To apply, send the following in PDF format to

  • current resume
  • unofficial transcript, including GPA
  • cover letter describing:
    • your professional interests, experience, and goals
    • why you are interested in the Supercomputer Institute
    • how you meet the minimum and desired skills above
    • what you hope to contribute to our team environment

For more information, visit the Supercomputing Institute’s website.

46 Peta-FLOPS computation of defects in solid crystals is a finalist in the highest prize for scientific computing

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From left: Sambit Das, Phani Motamarri and Vikram Gavini

A team led by Prof. Vikram Gavini (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MICDE affiliate) and including Dr. Sambit Das (MICDE Fellow) and Dr. Phani Motamarri (Assistant Research Scientist and MICDE affiliate), is one of two finalists nominated for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize. The award, generally considered to be the highest honor of its kind, worldwide, recognizes outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. Gavini’s team has developed a methodology that combines advanced finite-element discretization methods for Density Functional Theory (DFT)1 with efficient computational methodologies and mixed precision strategies to achieve a 46 Peta-FLOPS2 sustained performance on 3,800 GPU nodes of the Summit supercomputer. Their work titled “Fast, scalable and accurate finite-element based ab initio calculations using mixed precision computing: 46 PFLOPS simulation of a metallic dislocation3 system” also involved Dr. Bruno Turcksin and Dr. Ying Wai Li from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Mr. Brent Leback from NVIDIA Corporation.

Electron density contour of pyramidal II screw dislocation system in Mg with 61,640 electrons (6,164 Mg atoms).

First principle calculation methods4 have been immensely successful in predicting a variety of material properties.  These calculations are prohibitively expensive as the computational complexity scales with the number of electrons in the system. Prof. Gavini’s research work is focussed on developing fast and accurate algorithms for Kohn-Sham5 density functional theory, a workhorse of first principle approaches that occupies a significant fraction of the world’s supercomputing resources. In the current work, Dr. Das, Dr. Motamarri and Prof. Gavini used recent developments in the computational framework for real-space DFT calculations using higher-order adaptive finite elements, and pioneered algorithmic advances in the solution of the governing equations, along with a clever parallel implementation that reduced the data access costs and communication bottlenecks. This resulted in fast, accurate and scalable large-scale DFT calculations that are an order of magnitude faster than existing widely used DFT codes. They demonstrated an unprecedented sustained performance of 46 Peta-FLOPS on a dislocation system containing ~100,000 electrons, which is the subject of the Gordon Bell nomination.

Past winners of the Gordon Bell Prize have typically been large teams working on grand challenge problems in astrophysics, climate science, natural hazard modeling, quantum physics, materials science and public health. The purpose of the award is to track the progress over time of parallel computing, with particular emphasis on rewarding innovation in applying high-performance computing to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. If you are attending the SuperComputing’19 conference this year in Denver, you can learn more about Dr. Das, Dr. Motamarri and Dr. Gavini’s achievement at the Gordon Bell Prize finalists’ presentations on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 4:15 pm in rooms 205-207

Related Publication: S. Das, P. Motamarri, V. Gavini, B. Turcksin, Y. W. Li, and B. Leback. “Fast, Scalable and Accurate Finite-Element Based Ab initio Calculations Using Mixed Precision Computing: 46 PFLOPS Simulation of a Metallic Dislocation System.” To appear in SC’19 Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, Denver, CO, November 17–22, 2019.

[1] Density functional theory (DFT) is a computational quantum mechanical modeling method used in physics, chemistry and materials science to investigate the electronic structure (or nuclear structure) (principally the ground state) of many-body systems, in particular atoms, molecules, and the condensed phases.
[2] A PETAFLOP is a unit of computing speed equal to one thousand million million (1015) floating-point operations per second.
[3] In materials science, dislocations are line defects that exist in crystalline solids.
[4] First principle calculation methods use the principle of quantum mechanics to compute properties directly from basic physical quantities such as, e.g., mass and charge.
[5] W. Kohn, L. J. Sham, Self-consistent equations including exchange and correlation effects, Phys. Rev. 140(4A) (1965) A1133.

Part-time RA position modeling infectious disease transmission

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We are looking for an U-M Masters or PhD student with strong statistical and computational skills with an interest in aiding in the design, implementation, and analysis of a large-scale individual-based simulation model of infectious disease transmission. This position is part of a multidisciplinary project funded by MICDE’s Catalyst program and led by Dr. Jon Zelner of the Dept. of Epidemiology, UM School of Public Health and Dr. Seth Guikema of the Dept. of Industrial and Operations of Engineering at the UM College of Engineering.

This project will involve integration of statistical and machine learning tools into an individual-based simulation model, allowing opportunities to develop experience in both of these domains. Statistical methods employed include non-parametric smoothing, Gaussian process regression, conditional autoregressive spatial models, and hierarchical Bayesian regression. The final model will likely be implemented in R, Python, C/++, Julia, or some combination thereof.

We anticipate a commitment of up to 10 hours per week during the academic year, with the possibility of a full-time position during the summer of 2020.

Compensation: $18 per hour

How to apply: Please email a CV and short description of skills and interest in this project to Jon Zelner at


Computational Mechanics Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available at Idaho National Laboratory

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Computational Mechanics Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate

Organization: Computational Mechanics & Materials
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID
Looking for: An expert in constitutive modeling (not micromechanics of materials)

Please Apply Before: October 31, 2019 (Midnight MDT)

In this position, you will work in the Computational Mechanics and Materials Department. Duties will include developing constitutive models for use in Bison and Grizzly, the nuclear fuel performance and component aging software packages under development in the Department. This development will occur using INL’s MOOSE computational framework (, a finite element-based platform for computational science research. Examples of modeling experience that are of interest include: concrete, particularly issues associated with performance degradation; metals, including anisotropic creep, high temperature creep, and general nonlinear response; and oxidation. While the focus of the research will be on constitutive model development, a significant effort will also be placed on analysis using the developed models. Furthermore, you will utilize other skills associated with the development of nonlinear solid mechanics software. Expectations include finding creative solutions to a wide range of challenges, providing software capabilities that are thorough, user-friendly, and well documented, working without the need for detailed direction, and developing a significant set of internal and external professional contacts.

You will support representation of the Department to sponsors and peers through programmatic and technical presentations and scientific publications; by enhancing technical currency and proficiency through peer participation and technical publication; and by writing technical manuscripts reporting progress, documentation, methods, and results from projects. It is expected that the work will result in publications in peer reviewed journals.

You will support identification of new research opportunities that attract funding, plays a key role in technical teams to respond to those opportunities, supports proposal writing activities by way of introducing new ideas and approaches, and helps secure funding for the conduct of that research.

You are expected to be a strong asset to our mature high-energy R&D team and work effectively both in isolation and as a team member. You must take direction from other team members and peers and also provide input in a constructive manner to others while maintaining positive and professional relationships.

You will maintain required training commensurate with security, safety, and work execution programs.


 PhD in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field within the previous 5 years.

  • Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills (in English).
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and execute computational science research.
  • Knowledge of the finite element method, solid mechanics, and constitutive relationships.
  • Experience developing computational software.
  • Experience writing proposals.
  • Must be able to work in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Must be able to obtain and retain access to the software packages under development.

Special Requirements and/or Training:
Knowledge and experience in any of the following will be helpful: parallel programming, iterative solvers and preconditioning, numerical methods, nuclear fuel, heat transfer, and multiphysics coupling.

**Must enjoy working in a culturally diverse work environment.**

Selective Service Requirements
To 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: Fine motor control (hands); Repetitive work – intermittent.
  • Special Senses: Visually demanding work; Near vision; Depth perception; Basic color discrimination; Speech discrimination.
  • Work Conditions: Stairs; Typing/keyboard; >8 Hrs/day; Working alone.

Other Information

When 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.

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Research Highlight: Improving aircraft aeropropulsive performance with multidisciplinary design optimization

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Anil Yildirim, Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering

MICDE fellow Anil Yildirim, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Aerospace Engineering, is working towards improving the overall efficiency of commercial tube-and-wing aircraft. The current commercial aircraft design with underwing engines have been the norm since the introduction of the Boeing 707 in the late 50’s [1]. With technological progress in composite materials and electric propulsion, as well as advancement of computational methods and computer power, researchers are developing more energy efficient systems to replace this legacy design. Working with the MDO Lab, lead by Prof. Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, and a team from NASA, Anil is studying the boundary layer ingestion (BLI) system on the STARC–ABL concept, introduced by NASA in 2016 [2] . BLI is an aeropropulsive concept, where a propulsion system is used to ingest the boundary layer generated by the aircraft. This increases propulsive efficiency and reduces the energy dissipated in the wake, effectively improving the overall aeropropulsive performance of the aircraft. Anil and his colleagues in the MDO Lab are using multidisciplinary analysis and optimization tools to study similar technologies, where design intuition is limited and interdisciplinary trades are important. Watch this video to learn more about his work (Authors: Anil Yildirim, Justin S. Gray, Charles A. Mader, Joaquim R. R. A. Martins, DOI:


[1] “707/720 Commercial Transport: Historical Snapshot,” 2015,