Postdoctoral Research Associate - Modeling for Advanced Manufacturing

Date: Jan 25, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11362 


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


The Computational Coupled Physics research group in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division (CSED), Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate (CCSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in physics-based modeling and parallel computing.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work within a committed team of scientists to develop and advance scientific computational tools for supercomputers.
  • Develop and implement algorithms for improved computational efficiency and scalability.
  • Apply advanced computing capabilities to solve scientific challenges within ORNL.
  • Interact with industrial partners, other research organizations, and universities related to advanced manufacturing technologies, and product, systems, and materials development.
  • Present and report research results and lead the publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.
  • Developing and leveraging existing numerical models to investigate various applied problems, with a focus on problems related to advanced manufacturing processes (such as additive manufacturing). 
  • developing routines to run scientific computing codes for the world’s largest supercomputers, as well as the development of codes and workflows to meet new application-driven challenges.
  • Detailed research tasks related to running scientific computational models and working closely with other researchers to apply these capabilities to solve scientific problems relevant to the US Department of Energy.
  • Interact with a diverse group of researchers across ORNL to solve challenging, interdisciplinary problems, and to effectively communicate with outside entities, including university and industrial partners.
  • Interact with computational modeling and applied research at ORNL user facilities.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in materials science, mathematics, computer science, or a related field completed within the last 5 years.
  • Experience with parallel computing techniques.
  • Background of research in materials science.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in python and C++.
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Motivated and safety conscious.
  • Ability to work with a measure of autonomy and a willingness to participate creatively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks in a limited amount of time and to independently set priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.

Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: or call 1.866.963.9545.



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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