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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Plasma Physics Modeling and Simulation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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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Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security! You could be the highly motivated Postdoctoral Appointee we are seeking to conduct research on emerging plasma simulation methods and applications! Ongoing modeling and code development efforts are part of state-of-the-art massively parallel Particle-In-Cell code. This Sandia proprietary code is used to model plasma generation through vacuum arc breakdown and the simulation of transient plasma generation and transport under non-equilibrium conditions using advanced computer science algorithms to accommodate large variations in spatial/temporal scales and densities. Dynamic plasma-surface interactions and circuit coupling, including integration with other code suites are of increasing interest. You can expect a dynamic team environment where physics models and code development occur in unison with validation and verification efforts as well as direct application to real world problems relevant to Sandia’s mission!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advance the plasma simulation capability on tasks which leverage candidate’s skills and experience.

  • Support code development and implementation in a workflow that is tightly coupled to verification and validation efforts.

  • Participate in theoretical and/or computational research to further scientific knowledge on plasma generation, transient plasma behavior, and plasma transport under non-equilibrium conditions.

  • Participate in peer review of research through presentation and publication of results within Sandia and the broader computational plasma physics community.

  • Collaborate with internal and external plasma physicists to understand modeling needs and priorities as well as emerging plasma simulation techniques.

    Required:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or other related science or engineering field shall be completed before starting this position.

  • Experience with theoretical and/or computational plasma physics

  • Record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations within the plasma science community

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

    Desired:

  • Familiarity with the following:

  • Computational simulation methods for modeling plasma flow, generation and transport

  • Particle-based PIC or direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and/or particle-fluid (hybrid) codes

  • Dynamic plasma-surface interactions such as surface erosion, re-deposition and non-equilibrium effects

  • Code development in a modern programming language, particularly C or C+

    • Integration of disparate codes, such as coupling between plasma and circuit modeling codes or plasma and mechanical/thermal codes
  • Stability analysis and experimental plasma physics

  • Linux OS, HPC platforms, and post-processing/data analysis

  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams

    Department Description:

    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.

    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: http://www.sandia.gov

    *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.

    EEO Statement:

    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.

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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.

    Job ID: 679641

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