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R&D Mechanical Engineer- Computational Solid Mechanics (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691210

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about research and development in computational solid mechanics? We are seeking a dedicated and driven candidate with interests in finite element application and analysis to transient dynamic problems, large to extreme deformation mechanics, and multi-physics simulation. More specifically, analyses will examine impact of structures, impact of projectiles on structures, blast on structures, and multi-physics simulations involving the coupling of solid mechanics (e.g. shock, thermal, chemical or electrical). Experience with simulations using a wide range of tools, including both Lagrangian and Eulerian finite element codes, is desirable. The selected candidate would work with a highly motivated team to perform analysis and implement methods for simulating problems in challenging application spaces including large deformations of foams and elastomers, impact/crash of complex mechanical systems, and the mechanical, thermal, electromechanical, and chemical responses of dynamically loaded materials. The ability to translate analysis methods and results into usable and actionable knowledge for program decision-makers is essential.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

On any given day, you may be required to perform key functions of the role to include:

  • Application of the principles of solid mechanics and use of advanced computational finite-element methods to provide engineering solutions

  • Prediction of complex, nonlinear material behavior from deformation to failure in multi-physics environments, and full-system scale finite element modeling of transient dynamic events (e.g. crash, crush and impact)

  • Collaborating closely with other computational and experimental mechanics specialists

  • Partnering with staff in the multi-physics code development teams to drive technical innovation to robust predictive capabilities

  • Working with internal customers on technical details of projects, discussing simulation results, and negotiating deliverables

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or related field and four years’ experience, or a Ph.D.

  • Experience in nonlinear computational mechanics

  • Experience performing mechanical finite element analyses

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in large to extreme deformation solid mechanics

  • Experience with multi-physics (e.g. thermal, chemical, mechanical, electromechanical) computational mechanics

  • Experience with Sierra Solid Mechanics and/or commercial large-scale finite element software

  • Proficiency in C++ and Python software development, code verification, and modern software quality practices

  • Experience with workflow management tools, scripting, model management and sustainment processes for large analysis ensembles

  • Experience in high-performance scientific computer programming

  • Interest in impacting applications and customers in support of DOE missions

  • Record of research as demonstrated by conference presentations and journal publications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

About Our Team:

The Solid Mechanics Department applies its expertise in computational solid mechanics to provide the best engineering solutions to our customers. A principal activity is the application of advanced computational mechanics finite-element programs, including SNL developed codes running on massively parallel computers. The department has expertise in complex material response, large deformation mechanics and system level analyses of quasi-static and transient dynamic events.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

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.

Job ID: 691210

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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

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