Experimental Low Temperature Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7104055 (Ref.No. 684044)
Posted: June 24, 2022

Job Description

Posting Duration: 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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. What Your Job Will Be Like: The Applied Optical and Plasma Science Department is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experimental research on low temperature plasmas for a wide range of applications. You will assist in driving the development of diagnostic techniques leading to scientific insights and aid Sandia in its mission to serve the nation. You will interrogate a variety of plasma systems increasing our ability to understand the process of electrical breakdown and work in collaboration with members of our computational plasma physics team to increase our fundamental knowledge of these systems. Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to: + Establishing new scientific insight on the physical mechanisms underlying low temperature plasma phenomena + Publication of scientific results and participation in the scientific community + Collaborating with external partners through Sandia’s Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility (https://www.sandia.gov/prf/) + Using existing plasma diagnostic tools for new applications + Developing or otherwise supporting the development of new diagnostic tools for interrogating plasma initiation and steady states + Verification and validation of plasma simulation tools in collaboration with modelers Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or closely related field + Experience in setting up and operating experimental systems to study plasma generation, including diagnostics and plasma sources + Experience with experiments in one or more of the following areas: electrical discharge (vacuum to atmospheric pressures, low to high currents), semiconductor processing, plasma-surface interactions, dusty plasma, gas/plasma chemistry, laser-surface interactions, hydrodynamics, plasma catalysis, or solid-state physics + Able to acquire a DOE security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Good communication and interpersonal skills + The motivation and ability to tackle technical problems independently + Experience in operating or setting up laser-based diagnostics, high voltage discharge circuits, pressure and vacuum systems + Experience with LabVIEW, MATLAB, Python, or other data interpretation scripting/programming tools + Experience with optical emission spectroscopy, LIF, optical tomography, Thomson scattering, Raman scattering, EFISH, surface spectroscopy, CARS + Experience with RF (CCP or ICP), DC, AC, or nanosecond pulsed discharges + Experience with model validation using experimental results + Experience developing plasma chemistry models/mechanisms + Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences About Our Team: Our department is a multidisciplinary group of experts in three areas: Low Temperature Plasma Physics, Laser and Optical Diagnostics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials. We work with groups in Sandia and other entities to develop the science that enables engineering solutions.The Low Temperature Plasma Physics thrust has ongoing work in sheath physics, plasma chemistry, plasma-surface interactions, arc discharges (from vacuum to high pressure), vacuum insulator flashover, CCP systems, and more. To study this wide array of phenomena, we possess both experimental and computational experts that work together to produce new understanding. Experimentally, we have developed a variety of sources including CCP/ICP RF plasmas and atmospheric pressure plasma systems. We use a variety of innovative diagnostics to examine these systems and are actively involved in the development or use of advanced laser diagnostics, other spectroscopic techniques, physical probes, RF sensing, and more. The plasma codes we use range across fully kinetic, hybrid, and fluid models. We also actively use and develop models for surface properties, electromagnetic propagation, and more. There may be an opportunity for this position to perform simulation work directly, in addition to the primary experimental work. The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real-time, non-contact, in-situ optical diagnostic capabilities. The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments. This work entails both innovative diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials. Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse organizations of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) + Generous vacations, strong medical 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:

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: 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. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 684044

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.