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Computational Thermal Analyst

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689798

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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.

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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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Sandia’s Thermal Sciences and Engineering department is seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join a diverse team that uses state-of-the-art analytical and computational simulation techniques, in combination with experimentation and testing, in first-of-a-kind engineering system analysis and thermal science research with a direct impact on national security. We seek individuals with educational backgrounds and professional experience in thermal fluid sciences and computational mechanics including high performance computation environments. The Thermal Science and Engineering team supports the development of defense, space, and energy systems across the national security mission space at Sandia National Laboratories.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Use engineering analysis principles and computational methods to support the design, qualification, and fielding of high consequence engineered systems for national security missions.

  • Engage with design engineering teams to understand system context and analysis needs.

  • Engage with code development teams to derive and implement novel models and capabilities in high performance computational algorithms.

  • Engage with test engineers and technicians to evaluate physical simulation data needed to validate or supplement computational predictions.

  • Work to meet critical schedules in an exciting, mission focused environment.

  • Travel domestically and, less frequently, internationally as required, to support project efforts.

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

    This position may be eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or related field and two or more years of engineering or scientific experience, or the equivalent combination of engineering or scientific education and experience

  • Experience in thermal/fluid sciences

  • Formal training in finite element analysis methods and experience with computational engineering analysis tools

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or related discipline with a thermal and fluid systems emphasis

  • Experience in high-performance computing environments

  • Experience applying finite element analysis techniques to thermal/fluid sciences including conduction, convection, and radiation transport

  • Experience communicating model credibility evidence including code verification, model validation, and uncertainty quantification

  • Experience in design of experiments, solid mechanics, or aerodynamics

  • Ability to work to results oriented schedules in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary teaming environment

About Our Team:

The Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department conducts a broad range of technical activities focused on heat transfer, numerical analyses, and related thermal capabilities. Our work spans fundamental research and development to engineering analysis of system performance, safety, and control of thermal environments.

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:

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.


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.

Job ID: 689798

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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