Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Computational Materials Modeling

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
May 22, 2023
Jun 05, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Computational Materials ModelingThe George Mason University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is seeking applicants for 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work with Professor Yuri Mishin on modeling and simulation of physical properties of materials. George Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:The successful candidates will perform research on modeling and computer simulation of metallic and ceramic materials. The work is aimed at improving the fundamental understanding of mechanical and thermodynamic properties of material interfaces. The methodology includes large-scale molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations with classical interatomic potentials. It may also involve developing new interatomic potentials in the traditional or machine-learning formats.The position is available from Spring 2023 for 2 years with funding available for additional time dependent on performance.Required Qualifications:PhD in Physics, Materials Science, or related field;A successful applicant is expected to have a relevant theoretical background, especially in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and experience in atomistic computer simulations; andExperience working in UNIX/Linux high-performance computing environments is required.Preferred Qualifications:Programming skills in Python and one of the compiled languages (C/C++ or Fortran);Familiarity with DFT calculations is desirable but not strictly required;Experience in using LAMMPS, OVITO, and (optionally) VASP; andExcellent written and oral communication skills.About the Department:Located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, George Mason University is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a diverse student body. Affiliated with the College of Science, the Physics and Astronomy Department is leading research and education in diverse physics-related fields, offers PhD and MS degrees in Physics, and houses several research centers, such as the Quantum Science and Engineering Center, the Center of Quantum Science, and the Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics. The research is funded by many U.S. federal agencies and institutions. For more information about the Department, please visit Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.

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