Computational Optimization Engineer - Postdoctoral Researcher
Engineering | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024
Job Code: PDS.1 Post-Dr Research Staff 1
Position Type: Post Doctoral
Security Clearance: Anticipated DOE Q clearance (requires U.S. citizenship and a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: Not applicable
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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.
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$108,600 - $126,720 Annually
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.
We have an opening for a Computational Optimization Engineer to conduct basic and applied research in the optimization, simulation, and design of physical and engineered systems. You will work collaboratively and independently to extend and develop physics-based design optimization tools. The team is working to both extend the state-of-the-art and support Laboratory missions. This position is in the Computational Engineering Division (CED).
- Develop and implement HPC algorithms for the simulation and design optimization of systems governed by nonlinear, transient, multiscale, and multiple physical phenomena that include uncertainties in geometry and material properties.
- Contribute to solving challenging design optimization problems.
- Develop and implement continuum simulations to solve the governing partial differential equations of the physical systems that govern the design response.
- Identify and solve challenging design optimization problems highlighting capabilities and establishing credibility with mission customers.
- Document research through presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to identifying future research directions and proposals that will provide opportunities in the field.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
- Ph.D. in Engineering, Mathematics, Computational Science, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience developing simulation tools using continuum approaches (e.g., finite elements) for physical systems.
- Experience programming skill in C/C++/FORTRAN and scripting languages including Python.
- Knowledge of massively-parallel computing and one or more associated parallel programming interfaces, such as MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA.
- Ability to perform independent research.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, document work, prepare and present successful proposals and high-quality research papers.
Qualifications We Desire
- Knowledge of design sensitivity analysis via direct (forward) and adjoint (backward) methods.
- Knowledge of shape/topology optimization techniques and algorithms.
- Exposure to machine learning and other data science techniques.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
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- Relocation Assistance
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- Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.
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