This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security?
You could be the Postdoctoral Appointee we are seeking to join our diverse team. You will conduct research on emerging plasma simulation methods and applications. On-going modeling and code development efforts are part of state-of-the-art massively parallel Particle-In-Cell code. This Sandia proprietary code is used to model plasma generation through vacuum arc breakdown and the simulation of transient plasma generation and transport under non-equilibrium conditions using several advanced computer science algorithms to accommodate large variations in spatial and temporal scales. You can expect a dynamic team work environment where physics models and code development occur in unison with validation and verification efforts as well as direct application to real world problems relevant to Sandia’s mission.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Advance the plasma simulation capability on tasks which demonstrate your skills and experience.
Support code development and implementation in a workflow that is tightly coupled to verification and validation efforts.
Participate in theoretical and/or computational research to further scientific knowledge on plasma generation, transient plasma behavior, and plasma transport under non-equilibrium conditions.
Participate in peer review of research through presentation and publication of results within Sandia and the broader computational plasma physics community.
Collaborate with internal and external plasma physicists to understand modeling needs and priorities as well as emerging plasma simulation techniques.
Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference.
The Thermal/Fluid Component Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories provides a wide range of fluid modeling and analysis, and experimental discovery and validation support in discipline areas such as: incompressible flow, porous flow, reactive flow, multiphase flow, thermal/fluid coupling, suspensions, plasma physics, and rarefied gas dynamics. The department supports activities spanning the entire research-design-analysis spectrum, from creating fundamental physical models, to developing computational algorithms and codes, to applying these models and codes to solve fluid and plasma problems in a wide range of applications.
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Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
You will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or other related science or engineering field.
Experience with theoretical and/or computational plasma physics.
Record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations within the plasma science community.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
Familiarity with computational simulation methods for modeling plasma flow, generation and transport.
Familiarity with particle-based PIC or direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and/or particle-fluid (hybrid) codes.
Familiarity with code development in a modern programming language, particularly C or C++.
Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams.
Familiarity Linux OS, HPC platforms, and post-processing/data analysis.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
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Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.