Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar in their Hacking Materials Group. In this role, you will perform first-principles computations, software programming, and data mining for the discovery of new thermoelectric compounds. You will also tackle fundamental theory challenges such as the problem of ‘inverse band structure design’, i.e., how to design materials with desired electronic properties. This position will develop software, run calculations at supercomputing centers, develop new theories for describing materials properties, screen materials for functional applications, and conduct data mining studies to determine underlying structure-property relationships of materials.
What You Will Do:
Perform density functional theory calculations on promising compositions for functional applications, with an emphasis on thermoelectric compounds.
Develop new theories for understanding carrier transport in materials.
Apply data mining techniques to identify the characteristics of materials responsible for their functional properties. In particular, this project will emphasize how to achieve desired properties in the electronic band structure based on chemical and structural features of a material.
Participate in research activities focused on development and applications of novel algorithms, approaches and software in the area of material informatics and data mining.
Developing software implementation of the above analyses.
Work to propose and optimize thermoelectric materials with a team of experimentalists who will synthesize and characterize computational predictions
Communicate progress/results in presentations and publications and develop professional skills.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Computer Science.
Strong background in solid state physics.
Strong publication record with emphasis on first-principles computations.
Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
Able to work independently and in a team environment.
What is Desired:
Programming background in Python, ideally having developed their own reusable software libraries.
Experience with the MongoDB NoSQL database system.
Prior experience with data mining techniques.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 16, 2018.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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