A postdoctoral position is available from January 2019 in the laboratory of Dr. Judit Zádor at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. We are looking for a creative problem solver whose main responsibility is to further develop and apply new methods to automatically calculate reaction rate coefficients to be used in large chemical kinetic mechanisms. The position is part of a US DOE Exascale Computational Project aimed at complex combustion simulations.

SALARY: $91,000 USD / year

• A PhD in a relevant discipline conferred within the past five years
• Substantial expertise in an area of computational chemistry and scientific programming
• Scientific ability demonstrated by a strong publication record
• Good presentation, writing, and communication skills

• Knowledge of gas-phase oxidation chemistry
• Experience with transition state theory, master equations, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, molecular dynamics, or related subjects
• Familiarity with high performance computing and quantum chemical codes

For more information and to submit your application, visit, and search for Job ID 663650 in department 08353.

The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment.

Craig Taatjes

No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position

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