Postdoctoral Appointee in Advanced Plasma Diagnostics

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

ID: 7062491 (Ref.No. 670161)
Posted: November 26, 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. : We seek a motivated postdoctoral experimentalist to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in studying low-temperature plasmas and plasma-assisted chemistry (e.g. combustion and catalysis). The position will focus on the development and application of laser diagnostics that will be coupled with mass spectrometry to probe fundamental processes in plasmas. You will work as part of a team that includes experts in plasmas, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, combustion, catalysis, mass spectrometry, and the kinetics and dynamics of chemical reactions. You will conduct research under the mentorship of technical staff at the Livermore, California site of Sandia’s Low-Temperature Plasma Research Facility (, work with collaborating researchers from the international plasma research community, and be expected to present results at national and international conferences and to publish in high-profile peer-reviewed journals.

+ PhD degree in a physical science or engineering + Significant experimental research experience in low-temperature plasmas and/or laser diagnostics

+ Background combining elements of the following: plasma physics, optical diagnostics, reacting flows, catalysis, gas-phase chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and energy transfer, mass spectrometry + Experience with a range of low-temperature plasma sources + Experience with LIF, Thomson scattering, EFISH, Raman scattering, CARS, photionization mass spectrometry + Strong analytical and interpersonal skills + Ability to effectively collaborate within a multidisciplinary research team + Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences

Department Description:

The Reacting Flow Research team performs experimental and computational modeling studies of reacting flow phenomena relevant to combustion processes.

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: *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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

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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