Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Fire Science & Technology Laser Diagnostics in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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.

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We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support laser diagnostic programs at the Thermal Test Complex (TTC), a one-of-a-kind national asset. Are you passionate about research? Are you dreaming of an opportunity to thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment that offers access to state-of-the-art testing facilities? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity.

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

  • Work with a dynamic team of fire scientists, engineers, technologists, and trades people to design, build, and perform fire and radiant heating experiments supporting a diverse set of missions, including nuclear weapons development and qualification missions
  • Collaborate on multiple research projects in the areas of combustion, fire, pyrolysis, and multiphase flows with experiments conducted at lab-scale and in Sandia's world-class large-scale testing facilities
  • Conduct independent research and perform analysis of large experimental data sets using computer programming and automation
  • Develop and field diagnostic tools under mentorship of Sandia technical experts
  • Augment the body of knowledge through the publication and presentation of research results to the scientific community
  • Provide insight into physical phenomena of fires and the fate of objects exposed to abnormal thermal environments, generating data for building and validating heat transfer and thermal response models, and qualifying the safety and performance of nuclear weapons and other systems of relevance to national security

Required:

  • PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in engineering, physics, chemistry or a related discipline
  • Experience performing experimental research utilizing laser-based diagnostics
  • Experience with optics and background in laser-based diagnostic techniques with application to fluid and thermal science problems
  • Experience with computer programming skills/experience in LabVIEW, Matlab, C++, FORTRAN, or similar language
  • Excellent /communication skills, as evidenced by a demonstrated record of peer-reviewed journal publications and/or conference presentations

Desired:

  • Experience in the design, fabrication and/or deployment of small or large optical, mechanical, and/or electrical test systems
  • Experience with one or more of the following diagnostic approaches:

  • Laser-induced incandescence (LII)

  • Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF)
  • Particle-image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Thermographic phosphors
  • Infrared imaging or pyrometry
  • Experience in computational or experimental analysis of fire, combustion, pyrolysis, or multi-phase flow environments
  • Ability to independently guide research while working in the context of a larger team
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a sigma 15 clearance (subject to random polygraph)

Department Description:

The Fire Science and Technology Department performs experimental and phenomenological fire research to support Sandia's national security mission. The main focus of the department is to ensure the safety and security needs of nuclear weapons in normal and abnormal thermal environments. The department offers a spectrum of computational and experimental capabilities, combined with a problem-solving focus, for addressing fire-related challenges throughout the government, civilian, and industrial sectors. Efforts in the computational arena include development of physics-based subgrid models for phenomena important to fire dynamics, fire suppression and fire detection. The department maintains and operates state-of-the-art facilities for large-scale radiant heat, open-air, and enclosed fire testing. These facilities are used in conjunction with new diagnostics and experimental capabilities developed and employed to provide data for discovery, validation, and system qualification. The group interacts extensively with complementary technical organizations within the Engineering Sciences Center and across the laboratory. Staff members are also involved in national and international endeavors with colleagues in academia and government.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

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:

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.