Postdoctoral Appointee - Floating Offshore Wind Turbine R&D

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7070812 (Ref.No. 673600)
Posted: October 7, 2020

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 are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoc to work with a multi-disciplinary team on wind turbine rotor design related research for floating offshore wind turbines. The selected candidate should have experience in areas of wind turbine blade design, floating platform design, and/or optimization and parallel computing. The position involves working with a dynamic team of scientists, researchers, and wind energy analysts working to solve problems that move the wind industry forward in support of the Department of Energy mission. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Perform aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulations of offshore wind turbines and may involve adding improved capabilities in existing design tools for structural and aerodynamic design and optimization of wind turbine blades. + Perform computational model and algorithmic development and implementation tasks, as well as tasks related to the design of floating offshore wind turbine systems of the future.

Required:
+ PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or an equivalent field; + Coupled analysis of fixed-bottom and floating wind turbine systems; + Verification and Validation of aero-hydro-servo-elastic tools for offshore wind turbines; + Fatigue and extreme loads analysis experience, along with demonstrated experience with associated IEC and DNV-GL certification standards.

Desired:
+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Wind turbine blade design or optimization methods
- Solid mechanics, structural dynamics, and/or knowledge of the fundamentals of wind turbine aerodynamics
- Development of engineering codes + 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.

Department Description:

The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, wake physics, system reliability, system integration, verification and validation of performance models, and model uncertainty quantification. Department activities range from computer based design and analysis, lab testing of components, to full scale testing of wind blades at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX.

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

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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