Postdoctoral Appointee in Computational Quantum Chemistry
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Livermore, CA
- Job Number: 7088913 (Ref #: 678894)
- Posting Date: Nov 12, 2021
Job DescriptionThis posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join our organization! This position involves theoretical/computational research on optical sensing of molecular compounds based on quantum control with femtosecond laser pulses. This research will involve simulations of laser-driven molecular dynamics at the quantum level, utilizing state-of-the-art computational techniques such as ab initio calculations of potential energy surfaces, treatment of non-adiabatic dynamics, and quantum optimal control theory. This position will involve collaboration with researchers within Sandia and at other national labs. On any given day, the you may be called on to: + Work as part of a technical team conducting innovative research on quantum optimal control of laser-driven molecular dynamics. + Apply state-of-the-art numerical techniques relevant to modeling, simulation, and optimization of quantum processes at the molecular level. + Publish outstanding new developments in peer-reviewed scientific journals. + Interact and collaborate with a diverse set of colleagues.
+ Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, or a related science subject area. + Technical expertise in electronic structure theory for the construction of molecular potential energy surfaces and methods for simulation of ultrafast molecular dynamics. + Excellent computational skills and experience with numerical tools and programming languages used in computational quantum chemistry/physics. + Expertise in one or more of the following areas: quantum chemistry, chemical physics, computational chemistry/physics, applied mathematics. + Publication record indicative of relevant research expertise. + Ability to hold a DOE Q security clearance.
+ Expertise in numerical simulation of quantum molecular dynamics driven by ultrafast laser fields, including methods such as Multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree (MCTDH) and/or mixed quantum-classical techniques such as field-induced surface-hopping. + Expertise in ab initio calculations of molecular potential energy surfaces. + Expertise in quantum optimal control theory. + Software development experience in C++, C, Fortran, Python, or related programming languages. + Experience in high performance, distributed, or parallel computing.
The quantum theory team within Sandia's Extreme-scale Data Science & Analytics department provides strong expertise in quantum information sciences and quantum control, supporting Sandia's physical sciences and engineering mission partners by enabling modeling, simulation, and optimization of various quantum systems and processes. Capabilities in the department combine recent advances in quantum information and quantum control with expertise in data science, applied mathematics, and computer science. These capabilities complement and leverage existing research in other Sandia departments.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.