Mechanical Engineer - Engine Combustion Research (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

ID: 7073426 (Ref.No. 674480)
Posted: December 22, 2020

Job Description

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : We seek an experienced R&D Mechanical Engineer who will join our outstanding research team. If selected, you will conduct research supporting development of clean and efficient combustion technologies and improving predictive design capabilities. Your research will be conducted in an existing laboratory that is fully equipped with both optically accessible and conventional thermodynamic research engines, as well as state-of-the-art optical and laser-based diagnostic capabilities. The laboratory is supported by professional mechanical, electrical, computer, and optical technologists. On any given day, you may be called on to do the following: + Identify and clarify our understanding of the physical and chemical processes controlling combustion and emissions formation, including the impact of fuel properties + Support the advancement of improved engine CFD modeling tools + Develop tactical research plans for combustion-driven transportation technologies that have increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact + Address key barriers to the commercialization of advanced combustion concepts, including conceiving, developing, and testing new concepts + Engage closely with OEM partners to maximize the relevance and impact of your research + Lead and mentor a team of support staff, post-doctoral fellows, visiting researchers, and student interns + Develop partnerships with top international researchers from industry, universities, and other technical institutions + Publish critically acclaimed journal papers + Engage with and provide leadership to the professional engine combustion community

+ PhD in engineering, the physical sciences, or a related field, supported by research experience and a strong publication record; + Strong background in experimental thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and/or combustion science; + Experience formulating and leading a research project and supporting team.

+ Postdoctoral experience; + Experience with combustion research in high-pressure systems or engines; + Experience that demonstrates initiative and the willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility; + Experience in developing and implementing laboratory safety and environmental, health, and security plans; + Experience in writing successful research proposals; + Experience mentoring others; + A research approach that promotes sharing of resources and talents with fellow researchers.

Department Description:

The mission of Sandia/California's Applied Combustion Research Department is to identify and fill gaps in the science base supporting our nation’s ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Current research is focused primarily on developing the detailed understanding of fuel-spray, mixing, combustion, and heat-transfer processes – with a focus on internal combustion engines that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), which conducts state-of-the-art experimental and computational research in collaboration with experts at other leading institutions. The CRF offers a challenging and stimulating work environment that promotes leading-edge research to address today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as providing opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

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, 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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