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Computational Physics/Biology Post-Doctoral Fellow

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland, US
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Oct 23, 2021

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Do you have a fundamental drive and fascination in solving problems of all kinds?

Are you searching for impactful work in the area of computational physics that doesn't confine you to working on the same thing year after year?

Does making meaningful contributions to projects whose applications span from submarines, surface ships, UAV's, aircraft, missiles, to spacecraft sound like a dream job?

Are you a creative person driven by your need to solve new problems that thinks in terms of the driving physics, who is passionate about applying your knowledge and knowledge learned from others to solve truly unique problems?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a computational physicist to help us provide insight to the physical processes that define the behaviors of physical systems. As a member of our team, you will contribute to exciting projects supporting organizations such as the US Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Our team strives to develop, apply, and maintain deep expertise multiscale modeling techniques that give insight into the most meaningful length and time scales. You will work alongside computational engineers and physicists who have a real passion for working with and developing state of the art computational tools in order to make advancements in the field.

As a Computational Physics/Biology Post-Doctoral Fellow:
  • Your primary responsibility will be to develop physics-based models of molecules and materials on the atomic scale and utilize them to understand and engineer complex systems.
  • You will interface with and actively collaborate with engineers, designers, fabricators, and scientists on a day to day basis.
  • You will propose and develop new modeling frameworks for predicting the response of complex systems to conditions including but not limited to mechanical, thermal, chemical, and electromagnetic stimuli.
  • You will craft reports and give presentations to communicate results to team members and government partners.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or equivalent with demonstrated application of knowledge.
  • Have expertise developing physics-based simulations and applying data analysis to solve problems in biology, chemistry, physics, or materials science and the ability to contribute to development of those methods.
  • Experience in performing large-scale molecular dynamics simulations to model atomic-scale phenomena in organic or inorganic systems.
  • Have scientific/engineering programming experience, the ability to work in multiple languages (MATLAB, C/C , Python, FORTRAN, ) and algorithms commonly used in computational science and engineering.
  • Can both work independently on multiple projects with little guidance and direction, and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings or tests at other government and contractor sites.
  • Will be comfortable working in closed area facilities.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...
  • 2 years of experience in computational physics, chemistry, or biology.
  • Experience in developing molecular dynamics simulations to model proteins or other large biomolecules, especially their interactions with reactive species.
  • Experience in applying quantum chemistry calculations, based on methods such as density functional theory, to model interactions (e.g. charge transfer) or reactions between molecules.
  • Extensive experience in the development and use of simulation software in computational engineering and science.
  • Experience in large-scale software development. Experience using hardware accelerators (e.g. GPU's) and familiarity with parallel programming techniques (MPI/OpenMP).
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to team-based software development.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at
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