|CCL 16.11.08 Statistical Mechanics Postdoc position at Washington State University- Energy Frontier Research Center on IDREAM|
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Date: Tue Nov 8 18:55:51 2016
Subject: 16.11.08 Statistical Mechanics Postdoc position at Washington State University- Energy Frontier Research Center on IDREAM
Washington State University is seeking applicants for a number of highly motivated 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 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%x%wsu.edu). All technical questions can be sent to Prof. Aurora Clark (auclark%x%wsu.edu).NOTE THAT E-MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE BEEN MODIFIED!!!
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