Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification in Atomistic Modeling in Livermore, California
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join the Plasma & Reacting Flow Science team! The success candidate will employ machine learning (ML) and uncertainty quantification (UQ) methods for Bayesian learning of interatomic potentials (IAPs), forward propagation of uncertainty in molecular dynamics simulations, and model validation with experimental measurements. The work will involve development of advanced ML IAP constructions, optimal design and active learning of MLIAPs with density functional theory data, UQ with IAP model error constructions, as well as Bayesian optimization and model selection. The resulting capabilities will be integrated into a flexible multiscale workflow and made available to the broader research community. The project at-hand entails developing a predictive multiscale modeling capability that will advance the fundamental understanding of plasma-facing materials in fusion energy reactors. The project team includes experts in plasma-surface interactions, atomistic materials modeling, IAPs, ML, and UQ. This work will affect not only fusion energy materials research, but also other areas of materials discovery and is expected to result in publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- PhD in a field of materials/physical sciences, applied mathematics, or engineering
- Experience in uncertainty quantification and/or machine learning
- Experience in computational science and software development
- Experience using state-of-the-art machine learning tools in the physical sciences
- Experience in atomistic simulations
- Experience in C++ and Python
- Experience in performing interdisciplinary research in a team environment
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
The Plasma & Reacting Flow Science department at Sandia primarily works on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to address needs surrounding both high temperature and low temperature plasma phenomena, combusting flows, reacting gas-solid interfaces, uncertainty quantification (UQ), and related topics such as scientific machine learning. We operate state-of-the-art experimental laboratories, conduct work at the DIII-D tokamak reactor, and utilize both local computer clusters and the DOE Leadership Class supercomputers to conduct massively parallel simulations.
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