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Postdoctoral Appointee - Remote Sensing Systems

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 687813

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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.

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Remote Sensing Postdoctoral Appointee to investigate exciting questions in our Remote Proliferation Detection Department. Are you driven and results-oriented? Are you intrigued by the opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, world-class peers in a variety of fields? If so, you may find this work invigorating!

The selected applicant will join a multidisciplinary team to develop and use active and passive remote sensing systems to collect and analyze optical signatures and observables relevant to the proliferation detection and nuclear on proliferation mission spaces.

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

  • Develop optical system solutions for data collection of phenomenology of interest

  • Develop novel algorithms for data processing and exploitation

  • Develop optical and electromagnetic transport models for diverse media

  • Plan, execute, and analyze data from laboratory and field experiments

  • Form highly productive dynamic teams to accomplish project goals

  • Be responsible for the effective communication of research results through publications and conference presentations

  • Define your future career goals, seek to acquire technical skills, scientific knowledge, and collaborations needed to pursue them

Qualifications We Require:

  • Ph.D. in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent field acquired within 5 years prior to employment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong background in optical remote sensing and optical measurement capabilities

  • Background in electromagnetic/optical modeling toolsets

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify research objectives and develop clear solutions to complex problems while using sound judgment in drawing conclusions

  • Willingness and ability to collaborate on a dynamic team with varied skills and backgrounds and be proactive and creative in solving problems that arise and to conduct independent research

  • Proven ability to conduct creative independent research

  • Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information

About Our Team:

We support the Office of Proliferation (NA-221) within the NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) through the execution of nonproliferation technology research, development, and demonstration experiments, applications, and field exercises. The department advances national security missions through the development of innovative concepts for active and passive remote sensing systems, signatures, and exploitation. The department maintains a breadth of remote sensing competencies including target phenomenology, scene simulation, radiative transport, optical sensor modeling and development, spectral and temporal data processing, and algorithm development.

This collection of competencies allows the team to develop novel, mission-specific sensor concepts and prototypes, as well as assess and predict mission performance. The projects within the group span a range of technical readiness levels (TRL) from basic scientific inquiry to fielded devices. We are actively engaged in program development and maturing enabling capabilities by transitioning research and development from across the laboratory.

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: 687813

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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