Postdoctoral Appointee - Combustion and Fuels Research

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

ID: 7135366 (Ref.No. 688807)
Posted: March 14, 2023

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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. What Your Job Will Be Like: Sandia’s Applied Combustion Research Department is seeking a conscientious, dedicated, meticulous postdoctoral appointee interested in studying new combustion strategies and fuels to provide pragmatic, clean, low-net-carbon power for heavy-duty applications that are difficult to electrify. The individual must be interested in conducting pioneering experimental research with a custom single-cylinder reciprocating compression-ignition engine that provides optical access to the combustion chamber while operating from idle to full-power production-engine conditions. The candidate should have a solid background in mechanical or aerospace engineering and significant hands-on experience working with engines and/or other complex mechanical systems. On any given day you may be called on to: + Acquire high-speed time-series and imaging data from the optical engine using innovative camera, electronic, and/or laser systems + Analyze data using existing in-house codes and/or developing new algorithms + Troubleshoot, maintain, and/or improve current laboratory hardware and software subsystems + Assess the literature and create publications and presentations to advance engines and fuels technologies + Collaborate with U.S. Department of Energy and industry stakeholders to move technology from the lab into production applications. All the above activities will be conducted under the mentorship of Sandia technical staff. Qualifications We Require: + Ph.D. in engineering, physical sciences, or other relevant field + Experience building or maintaining equipment and/or setting up lab experiments + Experience with thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and/or combustion sciences + Significant accomplishment in experimental research as demonstrated by publications in scientific journals and conference attendance Due to the nature of the work, the selected candidate must work onsite at least 80% of the time. Qualifications We Desire: + Experience with advanced imaging and laser-based optical diagnostics + Experience with reciprocating or turbine engine combustion research or comparable pressurized systems + Programming experience: Matlab, Python, C++, or similar + Familiarity with CAD software: Solidworks, Pro-E, or similar + Experience using data-acquisition systems + Willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility + Excellent verbal and written communication skills + Ability to work effectively in a teaming environment About Our Team: The mission of Sandia/California's Applied Combustion Research Departments is to develop the science base needed by industry to build and optimize a new generation of advanced, high-efficiency, clean internal-combustion engines that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), where ~100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. The CRF offers an engaging and stimulating work environment that addresses today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as 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 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:*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: 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: 688807

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.