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Sandia National Laboratories Datascience Postdoctoral Researcher in High Energy Density Plasmas & Inertial Confinement Fusion in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking multiple postdoctoral researchers to work within a multi-disciplinary team of computational physicists, data-scientists and experimentalists to perform research in the area of Bayesian data analysis and machine learning applied to inertial confinement fusion, high energy density plasmas, pulsed power applications, along with broader topics in plasma physics and astrophysics.

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

  • Develop and train surrogate models based on post-processed simulation data sets using a range of machine learning algorithms

  • Perform comparison of surrogate models based on a variety of metrics, including speed and accuracy

  • Develop AI tools for the processing of a wide range of experimental data allowing the extraction of quantities of interest with quantified uncertainties

  • Develop and apply methods to utilize disparate data to jointly constrain models and inform future experiments

  • Collaborate with experimental and diagnostic physicists and engineers not only at Sandia, but the broader HED and ICF communities

  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at appropriate scientific conferences

    Applicants on this posting may interviewed and hired by multiple organizations within Center 1600.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy or closely related scientific field

  • Demonstrated technical competence in a programming language (e.g. Python/C/C++/FORTRAN)

  • Demonstrated technical competence in data science through publications in refereed journals

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-Level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proficiency in python

  • Knowledge of machine learning tools and algorithms

  • Experience with Fortran programming

  • Experience with high performance computing

  • Knowledge of plasma physics

  • Knowledge of magnetohydrodynamics

  • Experience using massively parallel computing platforms

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and reports, and in technical and project presentations

  • The ability to be self-motivated and to work as part of a diverse team, including project members from other NNSA labs

About Our Team:

The Radiation & ICF Target Design Department (1684) pursues theoretical and simulation-based analyses and assessments of inertial confinement fusion (ICF), stockpile stewardship relevant, and other high energy density physics experiments on a variety of platforms, including the Z Facility and the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The department's core competency lies in the design and analysis of high energy density experiments, with a particular focus on ICF and radiation hydrodynamics experiments. They rely on complex, integrated, multiphysics simulation tools, with a particular focus on the magnetohydrodynamics of high energy density plasmas, and on spectroscopic diagnosis of high energy density plasmas. In carrying out their mission, department 1684 collaborates closely with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

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.

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: 685731