Iowa State University Associate Scientist - 3150 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Associate Scientist - 3150

Pay Grade 37

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80332P

Working Title Associate Scientist

Advertised Employing Department Ames Laboratory

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous

Proposed Start Date 10/01/2018

Proposed End Date or Length of Term

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences of Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, affiliated with Iowa State University, is seeking an Associate Scientist.

The Associate Scientist 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 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.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

• Degree must be in physical chemistry or related field. • Experience must include development of quantum mechanical theoretical methods and research techniques.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Ph.D. 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 of Python and C++. • 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 with collaborative software engineering development software, such as git, GitHub, CMake, Jenkins, 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. • Experience writing/co-writing research papers and proposals.

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Additional Information

Department Contact Name Lynnette Witt

Department Contact Phone 5152942680

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 07/15/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

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