Postdoctoral Appointee - Plasma Physics, Hydrodynamic Modeling & Simulation

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7065440 (Ref.No. 671587)
Posted: March 19, 2020

Job Description

**Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security!** We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join our team. You will solve complex multi-physics problems primarily in the areas of hydrodynamics and radiation transport, drawing heavily from plasma physics and potentially relevant to astrophysics. You will need a strong theoretical understanding to properly utilize in-house computational simulation tools. To be a well-rounded analyst, you will also need programming skills, an understanding of model and code verification and validation techniques, and familiarity with using High Performance Computing systems. If you have an interest, there are related needs in the department for knowledge in areas of atmospheric transport, air chemistry, and non-local thermodynamic equilibrium physics. You will mentor under more experienced staff and be expected to produce high-quality presentations and reports. There will be minimal travel.

+ PhD in Physics, or a related discipline, obtained within the last 5 years + Experience in computational simulation of hydrodynamics, radiation transport, or plasma physics + Programming experience in C++ or FORTRAN + Can obtain a DOE Q level clearance

+ High level of academic success in undergraduate and graduate programs + Knowledge and interest in atmospheric propagation, air chemistry, or non-local thermodynamic equilibrium physics + Experience with parallel programming in high-performance computing environments + Programming or scripting experience with Python or Matlab or willingness and ability to learn + Basic proficiency with Linux commands + Experience with software tools for debugging and code profiling. + Experience with V&V techniques and uncertainty quantification methodologies + Experience with visualization software (e.g. Tecplot, Paraview, Origin, Blender…) + Ability to perform independent research + Excellent communications skills with experience in giving presentations, constructively interacting with coworkers, and preparing peer reviewed publications + Ability to work effectively in a team in various roles (leader and group member) + A current DOE Q clearance, or DoD equivalent. In addition, ability and willingness to obtain SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Department Description:

We are responsible for developing innovative sensing technologies which result in next generation, world-class remote sensing systems. We maintain world-class capabilities for the engineering and characterization of advance focal plane arrays (FPAs) and supports NNSA and other national security missions within center 6700. We are composed of highly skilled individuals in sensing sciences R&D, phenomenology, sensor engineering, advanced sensor modeling and characterization, image signal processing and high-performance electronics.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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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