Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Concentrating Solar Technologies Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
We are seeking a R&D, Concentrating Solar Technologies Engineer in the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department (Dept 8823) to perform R&D in concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies for the generation of electricity and fuels at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). The NSTTF is the only large-scale research and testing facility in the United States for CSP technologies. Work is focused on enabling today’s CSP industry and performing R&D that will change the nation’s energy future. The department conducts its research and testing in partnership with the US Department of Energy, other national laboratories, industry, and academia. The department has access to Sandia’s broader R&D capabilities and expertise, while simultaneously offering testing capabilities and services to other laboratory missions.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Provide research leadership in the CSP program by leading projects as Principle Investigator (PI) and by mentoring and guiding other research staff to deliver high quality results on time;
- Conduct your own R&D activities, which could encompass multiple disciplines in developing CSP systems and components. These activities may be theoretical, computational and/or experimental. These activities will often require working in teams that can include partners from other institutions;
- Work with Sandia’s technology transfer and licensing professionals to move successful R&D from the Labs to industry;
- Seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in CSP and for testing services offered by the NSTTF;
- Disseminate R&D outcomes and the departments capabilities in various forms including journal article publications and by presenting papers at national and international conferences;
- Potentially represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications.
- Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in STEM plus at least 5 years of relevant experience;
- Demonstrated post educational experience in R&D (including technology development) in an academic, laboratory or industry environment;
- Evidence of research expertise in the form of technical publications or applications;
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
- A passion for increasing the energy security of the nation and world through solar technologies;
- PhD in Egineering (or STEM) that is relevant to CSP systems or subject areas such as (but not limited to) thermodynamics, heat transfer, optics, computational methods, autonomy and control systems;
- Five or more years of experience in the CSP industry and/or in CSP R&D;
- Experience and knowledge in multiple types of energy conversion, including fossil, nuclear and renewables;
- Specific experience and knowledge in: heat pipes, phase change heat transfer, high temperature heat transfer and working fluids;
- Experience in partnering with government or the private sector to improve or develop technology;
- The ability to work closely with technologists in converting R&D concepts into prototypes and to conduct sound experiments;
- Experience with computational methods and programming;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to travel occasionally to attend conferences and to meet with customers.
Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels.
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*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.
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