Los Alamos National Laboratory Graduate Student in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
Staff in the Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Group (MST-8) in the Materials Science and Technology Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking candidates for the Graduate Research Assistant Program in computational materials science research. The positions are in support of several research projects that address multi-scale problems relating to nuclear fuel systems, including oxide, metallic, and other non-oxide ceramics fuels as well as steel, zirconium, and silicon carbide cladding. Areas of particular interest within the group are:
Fuel performance model development using lower-length scale informed data to build mechanistic and predictive models for nuclear fuel;
Mesoscale model development related to fission gas behavior in fuel, sintering of ceramics and fuel mechanics;
Density functional theory studies of fundamental defect properties in metallic alloys and ceramics;
Thermodynamic assessment of complex environments;
Development of high-performance scientific software.
Depending on his/her expertise, the candidate will contribute to current work from the above topics, or on a broad range of research projects including the simulation of nuclear fuels and advanced reactor concepts from a materials standpoint.
The ideal candidate will be pursuing one of the above topics for their own research in their University. The initial appointment is generally over the summer with flexible dates. Options for continuing work with the laboratory is an option that can be pursued after the initial appointment, depending on future requirements.
The position is located in Los Alamos, NM.
What You Need
Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in computational materials science at the engineering or microscale levels;
Understanding of fundamental defect properties in materials;
Demonstrated ability to create, perform, and analyze simulations in a finite element or phase-field code;
Demonstrated ability to create and implement models to address complex behavior of materials;
Significant experience in running high performance simulation tools for modeling advanced material systems;
Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.
Familiarity with the MOOSE framework and associated codes (e.g. BISON, MARMOT);
Familiarity with multiple scales of simulating materials (e.g. FEA, phase-field, density functional theory, molecular dynamics);
Experience with writing code and implementing algorithms into high performance parallel codes.
Education: Enrolled in a Ph.D. program in materials science, nuclear engineering, or a very closely related discipline.
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Documentation of acceptance into a graduate program.
Successfully completed a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours per semester (or the equivalent of full-time enrollment). All students MUST remain enrolled at their university while working at the Lab during the academic year.
Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Where You Will Work
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§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid maternity and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
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Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC84261
Organization Name MST-8/Materials Science & Technology-Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamic Extremes
Req ID: IRC84261
Category: Student - Graduate