Postdoctoral Appointee -- Explosives Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7065268 (Ref.No. 671521)
Posted: March 12, 2020

Job Description

**Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to deliver solutions? Join a dynamic team and help solve significant issues for our nation's security!** We are seeking a highly motivated Mechanical Engineer or Physical Sciences Postdoctoral Appointee to join our multi-disciplinary team developing and applying innovative shock sensing diagnostic methods to current and future challenges in the nuclear counterterrorism mission space. In this position the selected candidate will be expected to apply shock wave theory to: + Make high fidelity measurements in shocked and detonating materials using conventional and novel techniques + Explore and characterize behavior of non-ideal explosives during non-shock initiation and cookoff + Develop computational capabilities to include hydrocode calculations and model development + Work as a member of strong multi-disciplinary team + Communicate results to both expert and non-expert audiences + Contribute to development of budgets, program plans, experimental designs + Plan, execute, and analyze data from laboratory and field experiments + Form highly productive diverse teams to accomplish project goals + Communicate research results through publications and conference presentations, including peer-reviewed journals (as applicable) + Define your future career goals and seek to acquire technical skills, scientific knowledge, and collaborations needed to pursue them

+ Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or an equivalent field + Can obtain a DOE Q clearance

+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Explosive Engineering
- Computational mechanics: simulating, designing, or performing experiments with computational simulations
- Computational modeling and analysis of dynamic systems (e.g. AUTODYN, CTH, ALE3D)
- Field/Laboratory testing (particularly with energetic materials and high-speed diagnostics)
- Thermodynamics
- Fluid and shock dynamics (including microfluidics)
- Heat transfer
- Material properties and mechanics
- Mechanical design, testing, and control
- Engineering and scientific model development or data analysis + Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify research objectives and develop clear solutions to complex problems while using sound judgment in drawing conclusions + Ability to work well in teams with diverse skills and backgrounds and be proactive and creative in solving problems that arise + Excellent time-management skills including the ability to prioritize work and set and meet reasonable deadlines + Strong written and oral communication skills + Proven ability to conduct creative, independent research + Can obtain additional clearances as required/appropriate

Department Description:

We conduct research in shock physics combined with a comprehensive understanding and analysis of energetic material to develop applications and solutions for DOE, DOD and US government customers in a direct and timely manner. The department develops, improves, and fields leading-edge modeling capabilities for shock physics and energetic events. The department’s core mission also includes the design and fielding of render safe tools for critical national missions, advanced EOD energetic render safe tools, advanced energetic breaching tools, and the characterization of energetic material behaviors. Department 6647 also provides energetics, instrumentation, and test operations support for selected internal and external partners.

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:

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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : 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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