Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700237
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Advertised Employing Department Ames Laboratory
Appointment Type Post Doctoral
Base of Employment D - Post Doctoral
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, is searching for qualified Postdoctoral Research Associates for the following
• Caloric Materials Consortium (CaloriCool®) – The ongoing early-stage applied research will create enduring foundational capabilities across the national laboratory system that will lead to caloric-cooling technologies adopted across a broad spectrum of applications within a decade. Positions are available in the areas of High-throughput Materials Development and Informatics.

High-throughput Materials Development: Responsibilities include discovery and design of novel magnetocaloric and elastocaloric materials, their processing to improve cyclic stability and performance, scale-up of syntheses, and technology transfer. Examples include transition-metal- and lanthanide-metal-based alloys and intermetallic compounds exhibiting magnetic or/and martensitic transformations.

Informatics: Responsibilities include interfacing combined data from both algorithm and codes (theory) and experiment with both internal and external (e.g., Citrine or Granta) materials data tools along with advancing physics-based machine-learning capabilities to accelerate materials discovery with validation in partnership with high-throughput materials development experimental efforts. This position will work with various electronic-structure techniques, such as plane-wave and all-electron full-potential methods, and thermodynamic methods, but with principal focus on informatics side. This position will utilize object-oriented and parallel programming in Fortran and C/ C++, in addition to shell scripting, compilers and debuggers, version control tools, as well as data management tools and database control languages.

• Extraordinary Responsive Magnetic Rare Earth Materials – The ongoing basic research is to uncover the underlying electronic, atomic and microscopic interactions that result in an extraordinarily strong coupling between the magnetic and crystal lattices, and remarkable responsiveness of some rare earth intermetallic materials to temperature, pressure, and magnetic field. Responsibilities include state-of-the-art synthesis, processing and characterization integrated with theory, modeling and computations to understand and manipulate the responsiveness of materials that are sufficiently complex to facilitate control at length scales ranging from electronic interactions to atomic, nano- and microstructural scales, yet remain simple enough to develop predictive modeling tools.

Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.

Ph.D. in Theoretical or Experimental: Materials Science, Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics, or closely-related discipline with specializations in metallic functional materials.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Experience which demonstrates knowledge with caloric materials; magnetic materials; rare earth materials, or shape memory materials.
• Experience which demonstrates knowledge with electronic-structure methods development, coding, and application of such methods, as it is a principle R&D component.
• Experience which demonstrates knowledge using databases and modern data use paradigms, as well as physics-based machine-learning activities.

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Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description
About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Meredith Williams
Department Contact Phone 515-294-2680
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Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to: and should include an application letter, CV including a publication list, and contact information for three references. Applicants are requested to identify the area for which they wish to be considered.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 01/04/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Postdoc Research Associate - 0100
Job Category Post Doctoral

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