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Ames National Laboratory Scientist II 

Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
Oct 29, 2022
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Ames National Laboratory Scientist II 

Would you like to work for a National Laboratory that conducts world-renowned research? Would you enjoy working on a diverse, beautiful, university campus? Can you imagine yourself in a mid-sized location that regularly ranks as one of the U.S. Best Places to Live? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider a career with Ames Laboratory! 

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy federally contracted National Laboratory located in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. We are dedicated to translating foundational science through applied research to create technological innovations. We create materials, inspire minds to solve problems, and address some of the most challenging issues facing our world today. We promote and believe in a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, civility, and shared ownership in support of the Laboratory's collective success. We offer an exceptional benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, Wellbeing program, Employee Assistance Program;
  • Retirement benefits including defined benefit or defined contribution plans;
  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans;
  • Onsite childcare;
  • Life insurance and long-term disability;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;

The Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences of Ames National Laboratory is seeking a Scientist II.

The Scientist II position conceives, designs, and conducts studies and designs and implements high performance software in the areas of theoretical and computational quantum mechanics. The position collaborates with the supervisor and other PIs within the Division of Chemical and Biochemical Sciences at Ames National Laboratory, ISU and externally; designs and implements highly scalable and flexible quantum chemistry software; invents, performs and conducts investigations; interprets the results; presents and defends research at professional and project meetings; drafts manuscripts for publication with collaborating co-authors; guides researchers on software engineering and research techniques; and writes research proposals for future funding of research projects (as PI or co-PI).

The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills to effectively interact with experienced colleagues in interdisciplinary fields for successful collaboration on research projects. The ability to timely plan, initiate, and execute research activities is important for success in this position. In addition, the successful candidate will mentor other researchers in the supervisor’s work groups and prepare reports as necessary for the funding agencies.

AL Scientist II Required qualifications

  • PhD degree and 1 year of related experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • PhD in physical chemistry or related field
  • Experience with developing, testing, and using computer programs with excellent software engineering techniques.
  • Extensive experience with the latest versions C++, especially with advanced C++ techniques such as template meta programming and type-erasure.
  • Extensive experience with the latest versions of Python.
  • Proven ability to deliver excellent software products.
  • Experience in working with theoretical and computational scientists and engineers in fields related to software design and implementation.
  • Experience with developing and using quantum mechanics based computational chemistry programs.
  • Experience in developing and analyzing embedding methods.
  • Experience with collaborative software engineering development software, such as git, GitHub, CMake, and CLion.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of challenges and new directions in quantum mechanics methods and software as applied to real physical systems.
  • Experience in mentoring and leadership.

Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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