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Subject: 16.09.26 Postdoctoral positions at Washington State University as part of the Energy Frontier Research Center on Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials
Statistical Mechanics postdoctoral positions at Washington State 
University as part of the Energy Frontier Research Center on Interfacial 
Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials


Washington State University is seeking highly motivated applicants for a
number of computational postdoctoral positions to work as part of a 
large fundamental science research team comprising the newly established 
Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center on Interfacial
Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM). IDREAM
is exploring the interfacial chemistry of materials such as aluminum 
and iron (oxy)hydroxides in harsh environments including high alkalinity,
concentrated electrolytes, and ionizing radiation, and its impacts on 
emergent phenomena such as aggregation and aging.  These (oxy)hydroxides
are major host components of radioactive waste, and they ultimately must 
be dissolved and processed to separate the radioactive and bulk materials.
Candidates with a background in theoretical and computational chemistry, 
large-scale molecular simulations on high performance computing platforms, 
as well as in the development of new methods for numerical simulation of 
large-scale solution and interfacial chemistry of complex multi-component
systems as to a coupling to continuum theories, are encouraged to apply.
  

IDREAM is led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in partnership with
Washington State University, University of Washington, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Notre Dame University. 
Three postdoctoral positions are open at WSU that will work in close 
collaboration with PNNL team leads (Kevin Rosso and Greg Schenter)in areas
of classical and ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, as well as fluid
dynamics/interactions of colloidal dispersions (Poisson Boltzmann, DLVO
theory, etc.) with application targets that include understanding phenomena 
such as metal solvation and coordination dynamics, nucleation, growth, 
dissolution, and aggregation/aging processes in highly concentrated 
alkaline solutions. Successful candidates will be employed by and 
located at Washington State University, and will become members of the
multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary IDREAM Center led by PNNL. 
World-class computing facilities will be made available through the Center.

  
Candidates are sought with expertise and capabilities within:
- Classical and ab-initio molecular dynamics including force field 
  development and parameterization
- Metadynamics and other enhanced sampling methods
- Free energy techniques
- Fluid dynamics of colloidal dispersions and the reformulation of 
  the Poisson-Boltzmann/Lifshitz theories
- Coarse graining methods


Required Skills:
Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Geochemistry, 
Applied Applied Mathematics, Materials Science, or an equivalent field
within the last 5 years. Demonstrated expertise within the fields of 
statistical mechanics as demonstrated by regular publication in the 
peer-reviewed technical literature. Excellent oral and written 
communication skills are required.
Application materials, including a CV and 3 letters of recommendation 
should be sent to Ms. Josefina Galvan (j.galvan.:.wsu.edu). 
All technical questions can be sent to Prof. Aurora Clark (auclark.:.wsu.edu).
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