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Postdoctoral Researcher: Computational Solid Mechanics

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  • You must have a Ph.D. in a related field, experience with numerical methods for solid mechanics, programming skills, and the ability to secure a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance. Additional qualifications such as experience with large-deformation solid mechanics, constitutive model development, and knowledge of dynamic material response are desirable.
  • You will analyze experimental data, develop constitutive models, refine numerical methods, optimize complex material models, simulate composite materials, validate models with experiments, collaborate with experimentalists, and publish research findings.

Graduate Job

Research & Development, Science‚ÄĘLivermore


  • We are excited to offer an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher with to develop constitutive models and computational methods to simulate solid materials under dynamic loading. This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division, Computational Geosciences Group, but will include work on a variety of materials systems, not limited to geomaterials.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Ph.D. in mechanical/civil/materials engineering, applied math, condensed matter physics, engineering mechanics, computer science or related field.
  • Experience in application or development of numerical methods for solid mechanics (e.g. FEM, MPM, SPH, ALE, hydrocodes, etc.)
  • Experience with programming /code development for scientific or engineering applications.
  • Self-driven with scientific curiosity and an enthusiasm for research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications We Desire:
  • Any of these would be useful, a candidate is not expected to have all of these qualifications
  • Experience with numerical methods for large-deformation solid mechanics
  • Experience with constitutive model development.
  • Knowledge of theory and experimental methods relevant to the dynamic response (shock loading) of materials.
  • Experience in C++/python, especially experience with large legacy code base or coding for GPU.
  • Experience with Linux systems and high-performance computing platforms.
  • Experience with optimization methods for parameterization of physics models.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Analyze available experimental data and identify and/or develop suitable constitutive model forms to describe strength, damage, rate, and thermal effects in a variety of engineering materials.
  • Develop, adapt, refine, and evaluate numerical methods to mitigate mesh dependency associated with localization (e.g. brittle damage, thermal softening) in large-deformation numerical simulations (e.g. ALE, Eulerian hydrocodes, MPM)
  • Use numerical optimization methods to parameterize complex material models based on available (limited, noisy, variable) data and physical constraints.
  • Use mesoscale simulation to investigate the response of composite / heterogeneous materials under dynamic loading.
  • Conduct large-deformation solid mechanics simulations to validate model for dynamic material response against experimental data.
  • Interface with experimentalists from other research groups to accurately interpret experimental data and inform prioritization of new experiments to reduce modeling uncertainty.
  • Present original research in conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





113760 USD


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  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA)