Sandia National Laboratories Jobs

Sandia National Laboratories Career Site

Job Information

Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Optimization and Operations Research in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Our Team, the Discrete Math and Optimization department, is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates that are passionate about operations research and optimization. Advance your career while working in our dynamic and collaborative group.

On any given day, you may be involved in the following activities:

  • Conducting research in the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel optimization algorithms or, broadly, operations research

  • Apply expertise in optimization, operations research, or mathematical modeling to invigorating problem domains such as power grid modeling, energy resilience and planning, sensor placement and scheduling, cybersecurity, process systems engineering, or many other national security domains in which our department participates

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

  • Collaborating with professionals in an interdisciplinary environment to develop theoretical and practical approaches for solving real-world problems.

  • Communicating results (through publications and presentations) to stakeholders and the broader research community


  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in operations research, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related field, plus a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)

  • Experience with optimization paradigms such as linear programming, integer programming, stochastic programming, or other forms of mathematical programming or constraint programming

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

  • Proven track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance


  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and interests in interdisciplinary research

  • Proven interpersonal skills both written and verbal

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

    Department Description:

We conduct research and development mathematics and computing in support of Sandia missions. Principal areas of focus include graph and quantum algorithms, combinatorial optimization, and integer and stochastic programming and related forms of optimization. Enabling technologies and software tools are important products of the department. The department works on a wide variety of application areas including scientific computing, logistics and sensor placement, and energy and resilience systems.

Our team is committed to a nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.


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.