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Post-doctoral Researcher - Thermo-Kinetic Phase Transformation amp Microstructure-Property Computational Modeling

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC.

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Post-doctoral Researcher - Thermo-Kinetic, Phase Transformation & Microstructure-Property Computational Modeling-16152
Position Description

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a national leader in scientific research and development. JHU APL is actively seeking a Post-doctoral Researcher - Thermo-Kinetic, Phase Transformation & Microstructure-Property Computational Modeling for the Multifunctional Materials & Nanostructures Group (R1A). The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: The Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD) has a growing R&D initiative to pursue design and synthesis of innovative alloys and structures for defense and security applications, including shape memory alloys, high entropy alloys, metal matrix composites or metal to ceramic gradients, and other innovative materials and structures exploiting unique thermal gradients possible with additive manufacturing or plasma spray. The successful candidate would work and communicate closely and effectively with the materials R&D team to conceptualize new materials and research projects, propose new ideas to Sponsors, perform tasking on a variety of research efforts, and ensure all tasks are performed to extremely high standards.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Conduct innovative R&D in the field of modeling and simulation to guide design, synthesis and manufacture of novel alloys, including shape memory metals and metal matrix composites, via additive manufacturing, plasma spray and other novel manufacturing techniques. Duties include, but are not limited to heat transfer modeling to calculate temperature evolution in materials during processing, solidification theory to predict solidification microstructure, kinetic modeling to predict solid-state transformations, and quantitative microstructure-property relationships modeling, using outputs of thermo-kinetic modeling to guide design of alloy composition and part geometry to realize desired properties and performance. Setup and maintenance of software and computational framework necessary to complete tasking. (55%)

  • Communicate daily with project teams and leadership on computational materials science work to support programmatic needs. Participate in discussion of ideas, options, and approaches. Report work progress in both oral and written form. (10%)

  • Independently pursue research in computational materials science, materials design, development and application of novel alloys and other related topics, under the mentorship and supervision of APL staff members. Formulate and manage projects from conceptualization and proposal-writing through the final delivery of successful results or prototypes to meet our customer needs. (25%)

  • Contribute to sponsor briefings and proposals, publish original research in this area, and present the work at academic and technical conferences. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related field, with dissertation work related to computational modeling of thermodynamic and kinetic phenomena, and microstructure-property relationships in materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in computational materials science with proficiency with COMSOL, ABAQUS, or other related platforms.

  • Ability to self-direct new research paths based on results and propose new ideas.

  • Organizational skills to maintain laboratory process inventories and notebooks.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with alloy design and manufacturing.

  • Experience with additive manufacturing of metals.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel can be necessary for other purposes (conferences, sponsor visits, etc.) after initial work assignment.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
Primary Location *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel
Schedule Full-time

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has provided critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space. We also maintain independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities.

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