Postdoctoral Appointee - Consequence Analysis

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7062292 (Ref.No. 669687)
Posted: November 9, 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 needs to 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. : We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist/Engineer to support consequence analysis, new model development, and analytic projects regarding advanced nuclear reactors. We are looking for a postdoc who will perform analyses using MACCS, HYSPLIT, and other similar codes, and will perform assessments, benchmarks, and evaluations of modeling choices to guide code development. You will further explore, characterize and model the accident behavior and associated consequences through integral analysis of advanced reactor types to include molten salt reactors, gas-cooled reactors, liquid metal reactors and microreactors. You will also develop new scientific modeling capabilities in the areas of Nuclear Accident Progression, Atmospheric Transport, Environmental and Economic impact. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Use and develop enhancements for the MACCS (MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System) and MELCOR code suite which have numerous national and international users with a relatively broad sets of requirements; + Work on code applications to be documented in informal and formal reports to support the NRC and DOE and international customers; + Be familiar with, or be willing to gain a working knowledge of, a set of scientific and engineering disciplines. These include knowledge of atmospheric science, emergency response, emergency preparedness, aerosol physics, health physics, nuclear reactor accident progression, and economics. + Be self-motivated and able to work independently under minimal guidance from the Principle Investigator; + Work and interact well with a team of engineer/scientists; + Utilize their good interpersonal communication and writing skills; + Be able to give presentations to small and large audiences and to provide training to others in a classroom setting.

Required:
+ PhD in Engineering, Physics, Atmospheric or Environmental Sciences or related discipline; + Experience and understanding of advanced nuclear reactor technologies; + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance. **Domestic and international travel will be required in this position.**

Desired:
+ PhD in Nuclear Engineering; + Ability to work independently and be self-motivated; + Experience in atmospheric transport modeling; + Excellent communication and organizational skills; + Experience and understanding of molten salt chemistry and thermal-fluid characteristics; + Working knowledge of accident progression modeling; + Working knowledge of nuclear power plant source terms and related chemistry; + Working knowledge of health physics and dosimetry; + Working knowledge of probabilistic risk assessment and consequence analysis.

Department Description:

The Accident Consequence Modeling and Analysis Department (ACMAD) supports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) by providing experts in the Modeling of the Atmospheric Transport, Environmental, and Economic impact of released Nuclear Material as well as expertise in severe accident phenomenology; for both Emergency Response, Emergency Preparedness, Licensing applications, and basic scientific research. This team consists of high performing multi-disciplined scientists and engineers that work in a collaborative environment to develop state of art computer codes and analyses of severe accidents in nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities and the environmental transport of radiological releases, as well as the health and economic consequences of such releases. The team interacts broadly with both our domestic Federal customers as well as domestic and international customers, stake holders and customers with the goal of making nuclear power as safe as possible in a complex world faced with existential threats from climate change, terrorist threats and natural disasters.

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:

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 need to 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.

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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