Computational Materials Research Scientist

  • San Jose, CA
  • Full-time
  • Business Function: Product Design Engineering
  • Work Location: San Jose Great Oaks Headquarters--LOC_WDT_USCA23
  • Location (Secondary): San Jose Great Oaks Headquarters--LOC_WDT_USCA23

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to work in collaboration with top research colleagues and teams conducting and supporting basic research and integration activities in the physical sciences spanning a wide range of fields including, but not limited to, non-volatile memory technologies and new advanced storage concepts.  The job requires conducting and developing capability in computational simulations of materials, interfaces and devices including all forms or transport phenomena (e.g., thermal, electronic, spin). Developing insight into the dominating physical phenomena underpinning device behavior and predicting outcomes for efficient device and experiment design purposes. The work environment rewards innovative thinking and a highly collaborative attitude.


5+years or higher experience in computational materials science with strong background in solid state physics and devices. Doctorate degree in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering or Chemistry.

Candidates with experience in magnetism and magnetic materials and electronic, spin and thermal transport. Experience with Comsol or other multi-physics simulation tool


Expert knowledge of atomistic computational modeling techniques such as density functional theory and classical molecular dynamics.  Experience with first principle codes including Quantum ATK, VASP, and Quantum Espresso and classical molecular dynamics approaches such as LAMMPS

  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent computer and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and motivational skills
  • High attention to detail and observation ability
  • Strong work ethic

Additional Information

Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.