Postdoctoral Researcher

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7070128 (Ref:408822)

Posted: September 21, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (http://miccom-center.org/) at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago has an immediate postdoctoral opening in the use of machine learning in electronic structure calculations. The postdoctoral researcher will work within the groups of Professor Giulia Galli (https://galligroup.uchicago.edu/) and Dr. Maria Chan (https://www.anl.gov/profile/maria-k-chan) on developing and applying algorithms and software for the use of machine learning techniques to accelerate the computation of electronic structure and phonon properties.  

Applicants should have expertise in some of the following:

  • Density functional theory modeling of materials, especially in the areas of electronic excitations and/or phonons
  • Use of machine learning approaches for computational materials problems
  • Development and implementation of algorithms and software for materials modeling
  • High-performance and parallel computing

Excellent communication and analytical skills are required. Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary collaborative environment is expected. Software programming experience is necessary. A PhD in computational physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field is required. 

Interested candidates should apply at www.anl.gov; Requisition 408822 with the following information:

1. A detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and email addresses of three professional references.

2. A cover letter, including

  • a) description of previous materials modeling experience (techniques, materials, key contributions);
  • b) description of machine learning experience;
  • c) description of software development experience;

3. Expected start date;

4. One representative publication that best showcases your work. 

Questions should be directed to gagalli@uchicago.edu / mchan@anl.gov. Postdoctoral appointments are on a one-year basis, with a maximum term of three years, subject to performance evaluation. MICCoM is a US Department of Energy funded computational materials science software center, involving highly collaborative research to advance computational prediction of materials properties. Argonne National Laboratory offers excellent compensation and benefit packages, and postdoctoral researchers receive extensive career development guidance. Argonne is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC. Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. 

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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