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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security?
You could be the postdoctoral appointee we are seeking to partner with a dynamic team supporting research and development efforts related to modeling of Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) in hypersonic flight. Particularly, we intend to develop mesoscale and macroscale models that couple thermal, chemical, fluid, and mechanical physics to predict the ablative response of a TPS composite materials. You could be doing research performed on Sandia’s extensive high-performance computing assets using leading-edge multi-physics simulation codes. You will show skills and interest in research spanning multiple disciplines, including heat transport, multi-material mechanical deformation, microscale/mesoscale modeling, ablation chemistry, and aerosciences.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Develop mathematical models for coupled chemical, thermal, and mechanical physics in thermal protection system composite materials at both the meso- and macro-scales
Implement models within existing leading-edge high-performance finite element software
Perform large-scale computational analyses to answer scientific and engineering questions supporting technology development
Interact within a dynamic team of experimental and computational scientists and engineers to develop this mission-critical technology
Work efficiently and independently under the supervision of a Sandia technical staff member
Publish work in peer-reviewed scientific publications and in internal technical reports
Present work to team members, customers, and the larger scientific community
Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference.
The Thermal/Fluid Component Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories provides a wide range of fluid modeling and analysis, and experimental discovery and validation support in discipline areas such as: incompressible flow, porous flow, reactive flow, multiphase flow, thermal/fluid coupling, suspensions, plasma physics, and rarefied gas dynamics. The department supports activities spanning the entire research-design-analysis spectrum, from creating fundamental physical models, to developing computational algorithms and codes, to applying these models and codes to solve fluid and plasma problems in a wide range of applications.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, 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.
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.
You have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Chemistry, or other related engineering or natural science field
Experience with computational modeling and simulation
Proven skills with the Linux operating system
Experience with high-level programming or scripting languages, such as FORTRAN, C, C++, or Python
You have a record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance
Ideally, your background should also include:
Experience in thermal protection systems and/or composite materials modeling
Experience with advanced simulation techniques (FEM/FEA, CFD, etc.) on massively parallel computing clusters
Python development experience
Experience with object-oriented programming in C++ within an existing, large code base.
Experience with version control systems (e.g. Git, CVS, etc.)
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.
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About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is one of the country’s largest research and engineering laboratories, employing 8,100 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.
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