Research Scientist - Coordinated Science Laboratory (A1700636)

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Research Scientist

Coordinated Science Laboratory

College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the College of Engineering seeks applicants for two Research Scientist positions in the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion (XPACC) that is part of the Parallel Computing Institute (PCI). The PCI is a CSL institute committed to advancing parallel computing technologies. XPACC is working to develop the computer science tools to bring scientific prediction codes to exascale computers, which are the next generation of large parallel computers whose power demands are imposing hardware changes that dictate entirely new approaches to data structures, algorithms and scientific computing in general. For more information, please visit our website at http://publish.illinois.edu/exascale-plasma/.

Research Scientist

Research Area 1: Orchestrate the centers efforts in uncertainty quantification of our overall predictions. This will entail collecting model and parameters from all the submodels that make up our annual predictions. It will also entail working with the experimental team to identify quantities of interest and understand the uncertainties associated with them.

Research Area 2: Model and simulate the physics of laser induced optical breakdowns as an ignition source for combustion. This will involve modeling the optical breakdown process, the near time hydrodynamics and the interaction of the created plasma with fuel and oxidizer in the neighborhood of the breakdown. This will involve closer interaction with the ongoing experimental studies as well as the full scale turbulence simulations.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities for both positions:
  • Coordinate the integration of information from calibration experiments into the overall predictive simulations with quantified uncertainty that are performed for XPACC research.
  • Make full-system predictions with quantified uncertainty and maintain a database of the simulations and test cases and the results to be shared with staff.
  • Report results within the center, to center sponsors, at conferences, and in the open literature, communicate the results to DOE/NNSA laboratories.
  • Seek opportunities for broader collaborative interactions at Illinois, with NNSA personnel, and nationally by reaching out to other industry leaders and organizations.
  • Work with center leadership to develop strategies and pursue opportunities to broaden the impact of the center's efforts through additional funding.
  • Establish and maintain industrial partnerships around our work, by keeping up-to-date on new and emerging technologies that can assist with simulation prediction and those people that are leaders in the field such as coordinating the experimental efforts at Illinois and our partner institution OSU.
  • Assume additional appropriate related research duties to further the mission of the Center.


Minimum Requirements for Research Scientist Research Area 1:
  • PhD degree in engineering or related area.
  • Experience in advanced large-scale computation.
  • Experience with uncertainty quantification methods.

Preferred Requirements for Research Scientist Research Area 1:
  • Experience in advanced large-scale computation, ideally of combustion and/or plasma system
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Experience working in teams across disciplines, experience with massive-scale simulation, and experience in simulation-based prediction with quantified uncertainties.


Minimum Requirements for Research Scientist Research Area 2:
  • PhD degree in engineering or related area.
  • Experience in advanced large-scale computation.
  • Experience in plasma modeling.

Preferred Requirements for Research Scientist Research Area 2:
  • Postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience in modeling laser-plasma interaction.
  • Experience working in teams across disciplines, experience with massive-scale simulation and experience in simulation-based prediction with quantified uncertainties.


These Research Scientist positions are full-time, benefits-eligible, academic professional positions appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for these positions, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file. Please indicate your area of research within your cover letter: simulations with uncertainty quantification or simulation and modeling. Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 31, 2017, though applications will continue to be reviewed until suitable candidates are identified. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Amy Gilbert, aepruitt@illinois.edu, 217-244-1802.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.



College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - Coordinated Science Laboratory (A1700636)
Open Date: 10/10/2017
Close Date: 10/31/2017
Organization Name: Coordinated Science Lab

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