Postdoctoral Appointee: Large-scale Parallel Computational Plasma Physics Research

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7054838 (Ref.No. 665161)
Posted: December 12, 2018

Job Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to focus on the development of a large-scale parallel computational plasma physics research capability. This role offers the opportunity to join a diverse, world-class team, from the Computational Mathematics, High Energy Density Physics Theory, and the Electromagnetic Theory Departments. This effort is partially supported by a DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) and an ASCR / Office of Fusion Energy (OFES) SciDAC Partnership grant. Scientific applications include magnetic confinement fusion and magnetic implosion dynamics. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Support collaborative efforts developing robust and accurate computational formulations for multi-physics plasma systems and advanced scalable implicit-explicit (IMEX) solution methods + Perform software development, and numerical experimentation along with uncertainty quantification + This position requires infrequent (1-2 times per year) travel.

Required:
+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or a related area + Experience with computational formulations and solution methods for at least two of the following: compressible fluid flow, electromagnetics, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) or multi-fluid plasma physics, kinetic methods (e.g. particle in cell (PIC)), hybrid methods (e.g. continuum/kinetic models). + Experience with finite element or finite volume methods for PDEs + Experience with software development in C++ + Evidence of strong research achievements in relevant technical areas as demonstrated in the form of technical publications, presentations, software tools, and/or knowledge of applications

Desired:
+ Demonstrated strong background and expertise in numerical methods for partial differential equations + Experience in applying uncertainty quantification methods to complex physical model simulations/experiments + Experience with computational models for complex plasma physics applications, magnetic confinement fusion applications, or magnetic implosion dynamics + Strong proficiency with scientific software development + Experience in a collaborative research environment on problems comprising diverse application domains + Excellent communication skills

Department Description:

The Computational Mathematics Department (01442) conducts research in computational and applied mathematics motivated by science and engineering applications of interest to Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy. Members of the department interact and collaborate with a broad range of Sandia and DOE staff and also maintain a research presence in the external professional community by collaborating with universities and industry, publishing peer-reviewed literature, participating in professional societies, and refereeing and editing for journals.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.

EEO Statement:

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. : 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.



 

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