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Postdoctoral Appointee - Optimization and Operations Research, Hybrid

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693661

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated P ostdoctoral A ppointee to join our D iscrete M ath & O ptimization team. On any given day, you may be involved in the following activities:

  • C onducting research in the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel optimization algorithms or, more broadly, operations research methods .

  • Applying expertise in optimization, operations research, or mathematical modeling to problem domains such as power grid modeling, energy resilience and planning, decarbonization, scheduling, cybersecurity, process systems engineering, or many other national security domains that our department participates in .

  • Participating in the development of software tools and capabilities used internally and by others.

  • Collaborating with experts in a n interdisciplinary environment to develop theoretical and practical approaches for solving real-world problems.

  • Communicating results through publications and presentations to collaborators and the broader research community.

    Postdoctoral Appointee Salary is $95,500.00/annual for NM Location.

    Hybrid Work: The selected applicant can work a combination of onsite and offsite work. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Possess, or close to completing , a PhD degree in operations research, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related field, and possess a bachelo r’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)

  • Experience with optimization paradigms such as linear programming, (mixed-) integer programming, stochastic programming, nonlinear programming, or other forms of mathematical programming or constraint programming

  • Experience with programming languages such as Python or C/C+

  • + R ecord of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences

  • Ab ility to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience as a dependable, inclusive, organized, responsible, and responsive team member in a diverse, interdisciplinary research environment

  • Experience p rocess systems engineering, dynamic optimization and control, and/or electric grid modeling and analysis

  • Experience with high-performance scientific computing

  • Experience with theoretical and computational mixed integer programming, stochastic programming, and algorithms for discrete optimization

  • Experience with common optimization solvers such as CPLEX, Gurobi , or Ipopt , or modeling environments such as Pyomo or JuMP

About Our Team:

The Discrete Math and Optimization Department conducts research and development mathematics and computing in support of Sandia missions. Principle areas of focus include graph algorithms, parallel computing, combinatorial optimization, and integer programming. Enabling technologies and software tools are important products of the department. The department works on a wide variety of application areas including scientific computing, systems software, logistics, and sensor placement.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

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.

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: 693661

Job Family: 92

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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