Low Temperature Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7058306 (Ref.No. 668150)
Posted: July 4, 2019

Job Description

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 helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security? Our team is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research related to low temperature plasmas. You will work with existing teams to solve challenging problems by employing state-of-the-art computational tools. Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to: + Supporting the advancement of plasma physics models + Developing new models for use in simulation tools and/or using existing simulation tools to model and predict plasma phenomena + You will work closely with experimentalists to perform simulation validation activities

Required:
+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mathematics, or other closely related discipline + Experience in computational science + Experience in one or more of the following fields: gas/plasma chemistry, electrical discharge (vacuum to atmospheric pressures, low to high currents), hydrodynamics, dusty plasmas, plasma-surface interaction, laser-surface interaction, or solid-state physics related to electron emission

Desired:
+ Good communication skills + Experience in code development in a modern programming language such as C++ + Experience in model and algorithm development for computational simulation

Department Description:

The department has three main thrust areas: Laser and Optical Diagnostics, Low Temperature Plasma Physics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials. The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real-time, non-contact, in-situ optical diagnostic capabilities. The Low Temperature Plasma physics thrust investigates a range of phenomena from fundamental plasma physics to the application of plasma science for understanding device operation. A tightly coupled group of experimental and computational physicists develop novel experimental diagnostics and advanced computational models targeting plasma-surface interactions, arc discharge (vacuum to high pressure), and complex plasma chemistry. The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments. This work entails both state-of-the-art diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials.

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.



 

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