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Electrochemical Modeling and Simulation Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/15/2023

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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.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$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.

Job Description

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.

In this role you will


  • Conduct research and development in the modeling and simulation of electrochemical systems for energy storage and carbon conversion.
  • Develop and analyze continuum models to describe the fluid flow, mass and heat transfer, electric fields, and (electro)chemical reaction kinetics in electrochemical reactors and related systems.
  • Employ and extend continuum (i.e., finite volume or finite element) commercial, open-source, and/or 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.


  • Ph.D. in engineering, chemistry, physics, mathematics or a related field.
  • Experience developing or modifying simulations using continuum (finite-element/ finite-volume) approaches for electrochemical systems (e.g., flow batteries, electrochemical reactors, corrosion, electroplating, fuel cells, electrolyzers, solid-state batteries etc.).
  • Familiarity with electrochemical theory and development of mathematical models of electrochemical systems.
  • Programming experience in a language such as Python, Matlab, Julia, FORTRAN, or C/C++.
  • 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, and provide advice to management.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with commercial modeling tools (e.g., COMSOL, Star-CCM+, Ansys/Fluent, etc.) and/or opensource (e.g., OpenFOAM, FEniCS, etc.) codes.
  • Experience with optimization techniques (e.g. parameter estimation, topology/shape optimization).
  • Experience using high performance/parallel computing tools and codes.
  • Familiarity with experimental electrochemistry techniques.
  • Experience with multi-scale modeling (integration of atomistic, mesoscale, and/or continuum-scale simulations) and/or multi-physics modeling (coupling of fluid- and solid-mechanics models).

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

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.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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None required.  However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.) 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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