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Postdoctoral Appointment - MICCoM/Software development and validation
Requisition Number: 406927 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: MSD-Materials Science Division
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Doctorate Degree or equivalent
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 - 5:00
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First principles modeling software development & validation


The Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials ( at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago has an immediate postdoctoral opening in software development and validation. The postdoctoral researcher will work on developing, applying, and validating software for the first principles simulation of semiconductors, including electronic and phonon interactions. Emphases include interfacing first principles modeling with experimental measurements, and developing algorithms and software to improve materials property prediction.

Applicants should have expertise in some of the following:

• Density functional theory modeling of materials, especially in the areas of electronic excitations and phonons.

• Development and implementation of algorithms and software for materials modeling

• High-performance and parallel computing


Excellent communication and analytical skills are required. Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary collaborative environment, especially involving experimental colleagues, is expected. Software programming experience is necessary. A PhD in computational physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field is required.


Interested candidates should apply by emailing the following to Professor Giulia Galli ( and Dr. Maria Chan (

1. A detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and email addresses of three professional references.

2. A cover letter, including

    a. description of previous materials modeling experience (techniques, materials, key contributions);

    b. description of software development experience;

    c. expected start date;

    c. USA citizenship/visa/work eligibility status (if known).

3. One representative publication that best showcases your work.


Postdoctoral appointments are on a one-year basis, with a maximum term of three years, subject to available funding and performance evaluation. MICCoM is a US Department of Energy funded computational materials science software center, involving highly collaborative research to advance computational prediction of materials properties. Argonne is also home to the Advanced Photon Source, a leading synchrotron light source in the world. Argonne National Laboratory offers excellent compensation and benefit packages, and postdoctoral researchers receive extensive career development guidance. Argonne is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC. Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

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