Chemical Mechanical Materials Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher

Idaho National Laboratory
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Job Description

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking an adept chemical, mechanical or materials engineer with robust modeling and analysis skills, particularly in fluid flow and heat transfer processes, with a focus on multiphase flow and chemical reactions. The role encompasses diverse applications such as waste treatment, nuclear and chemical reactors, advanced manufacturing, and clean energy systems. Our team works a 9x80 schedule located out of our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off.


As a researcher, you will develop computational models integrating interdisciplinary skills in fluid flow, heat transfer, chemistry, combustion, materials science, nuclear science, and engineering. We ask that you have a deep understanding of and experience in modeling complex physical processes. Successful candidates will be highly motivated individuals who collaborate with teams of experts to advance our understanding of physicochemical processes occurring in physical systems and translate that understanding into actionable ideas and solutions.

If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of engineering and making impactful contributions to the scientific community, we invite you to apply. Be a part of a dynamic team at INL, driving innovations in modeling and simulation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD. requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years
  • PhD. in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, or related field
  • Fluency in the English language and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • On-site position
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q clearance, which requires US Citizenship.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Computational fluid dynamics (STAR-CCM+, Nek5000/NekRS)
  • Computational chemistry or thermodynamics (Cantera, CHEMKIN, FactSage, ThermoCalc)
  • Thermomechanical analysis using finite element modeling (preferably with Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment software)
  • Meshing software (Cubit or equivalent) and VVUQ best practices
  • Visualization of scientific data (ParaView or similar)
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence algorithms
  • High performance computing, scripting and batch processing
  • LINUX, Python programming
  • An established record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or presentations

Job Information:

  • Salary: $95,004.00 Annually
  • You are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.

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.

Company Info.

Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), under the management of the Battelle Energy Alliance, stands as a pivotal institution within the United States Department of Energy's network of national laboratories. While renowned for its contributions to nuclear research, the lab also engages in diverse scientific inquiries. INL's legacy is deeply entwined with pivotal discoveries shaping our understanding of nuclear reactor behavior, as emphasized by form

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