Postdoctoral Computational Materials Scientist

Analytical Mechanics Associates
US-CA-Mountain View
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  • Post Date: Apr 15, 2019
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  • Start Date: 4/15/2019
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description

Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., (AMA) is proud of our customer relationships, our diverse and dynamic work environment, and our employees' career satisfaction. AMA is a small business specializing in aerospace engineering, business analytics, information technology, and visualization solutions. AMA combines the best of engineering and mathematics capabilities with the latest in information technologies and visualization to build creative solutions. Headquartered in Hampton, VA, AMA has operations in Huntsville, AL; Dallas and Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Santa Clara and Mountain View, CA; and Edwards Air Force Base, CA. We offer a competitive salary and attractive benefits package, including paid personal leave and holidays, salary deferrals into a 401(k) matching plan with immediate vesting, tuition reimbursement, short/long term disability plans, medical, dental, and vision insurance. Our website ( describes our corporate values and how they apply to the professional success and growth of our employees.

Job Description

An open early career research position in computational material science of coatings is available immediately. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team to develop advanced thermal, chemical, and diffusive barrier coating solutions for extreme environments. This team includes computational and experimental scientists (materials scientists, chemists, engineers). The successful applicant will use advanced computational methods (molecular dynamics simulations, density functional theory, ab initio molecular dynamics, etc) to characterize thermal, chemical, and transport phenomena in coating materials as well as the behavior of various coating-substrate interfaces (metal-ceramic, composite-metal, etc). The successful applicant will work closely with computational scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center and experimental partners to make progress on this challenging problem.


Responsibilities include:

  • Perform simulations to characterize thermodynamic, chemical, and transport phenomena of coating materials and interfaces
  • Collaborate with experimentalists to verify computational results on coating performance
  • Work closely with a team of experts to guide development of new coating materials
  • Support computational material group within the thermal protection materials branch at NASA Ames
  • Communicate with NASA projects and incorporate customer feedback into models to address the needs of on-going and future projects.
  • Disseminate research through presentations and publications


  • Demonstrated expertise in computational modeling using standard software packages (VASP, lammps, etc)
  • Strong theoretical background and scientific programming experience
  • Experience presenting scientific results to multi-disciplinary teams which can be made up of experimental and computational scientists.
  • Strong technical writing and oral skills
  • Strong presentation/publication history
  • PhD degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, etc.

Desired Qualifications

  • Applicants with experience using ab initio molecular dynamics for materials at extreme conditions will get special consideration
  • Demonstrated experience with multiple computational methods (ab initio, molecular dynamics, coarse grain MD)
  • Understanding of basic principles of thermal protection material response, heat transfer, and multi-phase phenomenon

Due to sensitive content of the work, applicants must be a US citizens or permanent US residents

AMA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws.

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