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INL Mission:

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision:

Our vision is to change the world’s energy future and secure our nation’s critical infrastructure.

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Position Description

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for model based systems engineering (MBSE) within the Digital Sciences and Engineering Group.

Technical modeling includes extensive use of plant systems, logic, regulations/orders, and requirements engineering in the design, development, optimization, and testing of models that approximate physical entities or processes. Simulation covers the techniques that either show events over a period of time, allow feedback of operator responses into real-time control functions that enhance realism by coordinated multi-sensor operator inputs, or incorporate real-time evaluation of operator performance. Liaison frequently with internal customer contacts and continue to grow external partner and customer networks; including sometimes representing our organization externally. Support and lead the development of new projects, including the development of proposal and business plans. With some guidance from management, technical mentors and research team members, you will lead systems engineering technical areas as a technical expert on large and medium sized projects: providing both technical and programmatic leadership. You will provide guidance and act as an advisor on multiple digital engineering programs. You will work with the relationship manager, group lead, and department manager to capture new customers and write proposals. Lead contributor to peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations, reports, and other professional activities.

Postdoctoral researchers are a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both alone and as a team member to accomplish work scope within cost and schedule. Works on problems of diverse scope and complexity with access to mentorship for guidance and general supervision to ensure success with very little day-to-day instruction. 





  • PhD in Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or related field completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years 


•   Experience with model-based systems engineering (MBSE)

•   Monte Carlo, and/or discrete event simulation

Must be a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident. This position is subject to export control restrictions per the Department of Energy. For this reason, you must be either a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder to qualify for the job. DOE and INL will review and approve the selected candidate post offer acceptance.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

INL Overview:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is changing the world’s energy future and securing our infrastructure! Join us – innovate the future!

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:

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Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.


The Idaho Falls Area

Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

Selective Service Requirements:

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see


Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (IRC 9X80’s Schedule)