Sandia National Laboratories Plasma Analysis Scientist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Electromagnetic Theory Department is seeking a candidate with a background in plasma analysis. The candidate will work on a broad variety of projects associated with Sandia Laboratories Nuclear Weapons Science and Technology programs including nuclear-weapon analysis, Advanced Strategic Computing, and research and development.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct analysis in areas such as breakdown, pulsed power applications, and systems effects in ionizing-radiation environments
  • Conduct theoretical analysis and computational simulation using commercial or customized software
  • Team with other developers, analysts, and experimentalists
  • Develop expertise in different areas of electromagnetics and plasma physics


  • PhD in electrical engineering, physics or closely-related discipline, with a specialization in plasma theory or simulation
  • Research experience in mathematical and simulation related to low temperature plasma analysis
  • Publications or presentations related to using numerical simulations to better understand plasma discharge phenomenon
  • Experience in data analysis and post-processing
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Experience with High Performance Computing architectures and execution
  • Experience programming in scripting (shell, python, etc.) and C++
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others and contribute to a team effort
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to develop expertise in different areas of electromagnetic and/or plasma physics
  • Willingness to be flexible in job assignments

Department Description:

The Electromagnetic Theory department (1352) is engaged in development of advanced theory, modeling, simulation and analysis techniques for use across a broad spectrum of electromagnetic and plasma physics environments. These capabilities support both near term deliverables and long-term R&D in electromagnetics, plasma physics (spaning parameter space from high energy density physics to electrical breakdown), pulsed-power sciences, nuclear weapons qualification in radiation and electromagnetic environments, and NW surveillance/dismantlement/forensic programs. The department is currently engaged in the B61-12, W88 alt 370, W80-4, and W87 lifetime extension programs.

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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT