Simulations for polymer design under external fiel
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 12/2/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Simulations for polymer design under external fields A research fellowship is available with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory located in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Candidates should have completed a PhD in physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, engineering physics, chemical engineering, or a related field. U.S. citizenship is required. The successful candidate will study dynamics and mechanics of polymers using particle-based simulations. The candidate will engage in on-going research to develop fundamental structure-property relationships of glassy and semi-crystalline polymers, as well as develop new computational strategies to characterize responsive polymers. Projects will include design of polymer chemistry for optimal performance under external fields, characterization of polymer dynamics in the glassy state, coarse-grain representations of polymers, and developing connections with state-of-the-art experiments. These projects involve use of parallel codes on supercomputers, analysis of large data sets, and linking with recent theoretic results. Therefore candidates should have substantial experience using high performance computing resources, analyzing large data sets from molecular simulations, and a good understanding of soft matter physics. Experience with forcefield development at the atomistic or coarse-grain level is also advantageous. A strong publication record is preferred. The successful candidate will produce new scientific results to be reported internally as well as through peer-reviewed journals, conferences and seminars. Travel or research at external facilities may be required. Excellent opportunities exist to interact with other government laboratories and university researchers. Stipend is commensurate with experience and skills, and is very competitive with industry. Aberdeen Proving Ground is 30 minutes north of Baltimore, and offers easy access to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. Keywords: free energy, glass, molecular dynamics

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