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Computational Mechanics Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate

Computational Mechanics Scientist Postdoctoral Research Associate - (20728)



Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate in civil, mechanical, aerospace, or a related engineering field or comparable discipline for the Computational Mechanics and Materials Department. This postdoctoral researcher will focus on developing, maintaining, and documenting the Department's advanced multiphysics analysis tools, with an emphasis on the state-of-the-art computational solid mechanics capabilities used by the Bison and Grizzly codes.  This postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for developing algorithms, writing software, and creating verification/validation strategies supporting the applications being developed by the Department.

The candidate is expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both alone and as a team member. The candidate must be self-motivated but also take direction from other team members and peers.

The position entails writing scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publication and presentation of research results at national and international conferences and meetings.

Expectations also include:
• Utilizing advanced skills in scientific software development associated with computational solid mechanics to meet the requirements of customers and the demands of internal initiatives.
• Demonstrating excellence in software engineering and software quality practices.
• Demonstrating skills in agile development, C++, Python, git, MacOS/Linux, and LaTeX.
• Providing peer review of research internal and external to INL.
• Developing plans for new research areas and producing successful proposals.
• Initiating novel, innovative research and engineering projects that impact scientific problems, tackling complex technology issues facing the nation.




• PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
• PhD in civil, mechanical, aerospace, or a related engineering field or comparable discipline with a focus on solid mechanics and computational mechanics software development
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills in English
• Ability to obtain and retain approval to access the analysis codes under development

Special Requirements:

• Knowledge of numerical methods, computational science, scientific computing, and scientific software engineering
• Familiarity with one or more of the following:  cohesive zone models; constitutive model development; finite element contact, including mortar methods; fracture; large deformation/large strain; shell elements; XFEM
• Ability to germinate, coordinate, and execute projects and programs
• Ability to organize activities relative to project scope, requirements, and milestones
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate productively with others
• Excellent technical writing and oral communication skills

Job Information: 

  • Annual Wage - $95,004
  • You are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment

Benefits and Relocation

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) with a 4.2% employer contribution and up to 4.8% match
  • Paid time off (personal leave)
  • Employee Education Program (tuition assistance)
  • Comprehensive Relocation Package
  • Benefit eligibility subject multiple factors, including employment status and position classification.

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

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To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see

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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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: United States


: Postdoc


: Nuclear Science & Technology (Cxxx)


: Full-time


: Regular


: Feb 5, 2024, 9:27:21 AM


: Mar 10, 2024, 11:59:00 PM

RELOCATION: Position Relocation Eligible

TELEWORK: Hybrid Worker


: Exempt