Sandia National Laboratories RD Computer Science - Computational Simulation (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for nation's security?

The Electromagnetic and Plasma Physics Department is seeking a motivated individual to work on a vibrant, high-productivity team developing leading-edge computational simulation capabilities for multi-year, multimillion-dollar projects in large-scale parallel electromagnetic and plasma physics mission-related problems. You will work in an innovative, multidisciplinary team environment that conducts research in modern parallel computing, advanced numerical algorithms, and novel physical modeling techniques, and will help to promote the resulting research to production-level software.

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

  • Develop, integrate and support software solutions and methods in production simulation tools that target efficient execution on a variety of computational platforms
  • Assist code team with keeping a clean and disciplined software testing environment for rapid code development progress and collaboration on current and next generation platforms


  • You possess a Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent combination of education and experience with emphasis on code design and development
  • Experience with high performance and parallel computation concepts (e.g. distributed and shared memory, multithreading, OpenMP, MPI+X+Y, CUDA)
  • Experience with UNIX/Linux environment
  • Expertise in scripting languages such as Python, issue tracking, automated testing infrastructure, and/or commonly used software engineering tools and methods (e.g. tools such as Jenkins, Git)
  • Experience working with build scripts using tools like CMake and configure scripts
  • Object-oriented software design experience, including C++ programming experience
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Experience in theoretical analysis and computational simulation using commercial or customized software
  • Experience in experimental or simulated data analysis, pre- or post-processing, and visualization
  • Experience developing and creating tests for large scale software applications
  • Experience with numerical algorithms and cross disciplinary programming environments
  • Experience using formal software engineering processes (in particular Agile processes)
  • Experience utilizing component software libraries for scientific software development
  • Experience in data analysis and post-processing
  • Strong understanding of Uncertainty Quantification (UQ)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others and contribute to a team effort
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Department Description:

Department 1352 is a multidisciplinary research group that conducts theory and simulation to support the Department of Energy's NNSA Defense Programs. The primary areas of research include analytic theory and modeling in linear and non-linear electromagnetics, plasma physics and high voltage breakdown. Our capabilities are used to advance our understanding of electromagnetic and plasma effects on components and systems in support of the NNSA's stockpile stewardship program. This includes the development of massively parallel electromagnetic codes as well as coupled Monte-Carlo/particle-in-cell plasma radiation codes under the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing program..

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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.