Sandia National Laboratories R&D Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Design Physicist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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We are seeking an experienced Physicist to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team designing and analyzing inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high energy density (HED) experiments on the Z machine. This person will employ high-fidelity massively parallel radiation magneto-hydrodynamic simulations, analytic models, and other theoretical and computational tools to investigate magnetically driven inertial confinement fusion and high energy density science and applications.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Work independently as well as develop and direct multi-disciplinary scientific research teams
  • Identify key science issues that need to be better understood and explored for ICF and HED targets and influence programmatic directions
  • Design and analyze experiments on Sandia's Z pulsed power facility
  • Develop new design concepts to address emerging problems of interest
  • Collaborate with experimental and diagnostic physicists and engineers not only at Sandia, but in the broader HED and ICF community as well
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at appropriate scientific conferences

Required:

  • PhD in physics or closely related engineering field
  • 5 years of experience in the field of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and/or High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) research
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance

Desired:

  • Technical competence in hydrodynamics and/or magnetohydrodynamics demonstrated through publications in refereed journals
  • Experience in post-processing data using Python, Matlab, Mathematica, IDL, VisIt, ParaView, EnSight, Yorick, or other platforms/scripting languages
  • Ability to think innovatively, perform complex analytical analysis, and solve difficult problems
  • Experience in experimental research and/or analyzing experimental data
  • Broad background in physics or engineering that will allow participation in other aspects of multidisciplinary high energy density physics research
  • Experience using massively parallel computing platforms
  • Experience with or knowledge of electromagnetic particle or hybrid codes or analysis, structural codes or analysis, or radiation transport codes or analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications, scientific reports, and project presentations
  • The ability to be self-motivated and to work as part of a diverse team, including project members from other NNSA labs

Department Description:

The ICF Target Design Department (1684) pursues theoretical and simulation based analyses and assessments of inertial confinement fusion (ICF), stockpile stewardship relevant, and other high energy density physics experiments on a variety of platforms, including the Z Facility and the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The department's core competency lies in the design and analysis of high energy density experiments, with a particular focus on ICF and radiation hydrodynamics experiments. They rely on complex, integrated, multiphysics simulation tools,with a particular focus on the magnetohydrodynamics of high energy density plasmas, and on spectroscopic diagnosis of high energy density plasmas. In carrying out their mission, department 1684 collaborates closely with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT