Sandia National Laboratories Computational Thermal Mechanical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Livermore, California

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We are seeking a technical staff member who will collaborate to perform thermal, and/or reacting material (solid decomposition, gas phase combustion, fire) research, development, modeling, and simulation to support a variety of projects (e.g. nuclear safety and design and energy related research). The successful candidate will use and potentially develop state-of-the-art tools to conduct machine learning, data science, and uncertainty quantification techniques on computational simulations for one or more of the following application areas: conductive, convective, radiative transport, multiphysics thermal-mechanical, reacting flow, porous media flow and heat transfer, and thermal decomposition.

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

  • Perform thermal, and/or reacting material (solid decomposition, gas phase combustion, fire) research, development, modeling, and simulation to support a variety of projects (e.g. nuclear safety and design and energy related research).
  • Use and potentially develop state-of-the-art tools to conduct machine learning, data science, and uncertainty quantification techniques on computational simulations for one or more of the following application areas: conductive, convective, radiative transport, multiphysics thermal-mechanical, reacting flow, porous media flow and heat transfer, and thermal decomposition.

Required:

  • Master's degree, or higher, in mechanical, chemical, aerospace engineering or closely related field (applied math, etc)
  • Strong educational background in ONE or more of the following areas: heat transfer (including conduction, convection and radiation), fluid dynamics, reacting materials/chemistry/combustion
  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools (e.g., the finite-element method); ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations when selecting the appropriate methodology for model development and simulation
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q security clearance

Desired:

  • Ph.D. degree in mechanical, chemical, aerospace engineering or closely related field (applied math, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to: learn and apply new technical areas; work collaboratively in a team environment; present and publish research findings and make original contributions to engineering science
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in: analysis or code development for engineering sciences applications and high performance computing; programming proficiency (e.g. C++, python, Fortran, C)
  • Experience with: multiphase flow; GPUs; and data science, machine learning, statistical methods and/or uncertainty quantification techniques

Department Description:

Sandia/California's Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Department is a multidisciplinary group of engineers and researchers who specialize in fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer. The work mix in the group includes developing theory and models, performing scientific and high-performance computing, and executing applied engineering analysis for a range of experiments and mechanical designs. The group plays two primary roles in science-based engineering at Sandia: (1) developing new computational methods, capabilities and tools to describe fluid mechanics and heat transfer; (2) performing computational analysis to predict the design performance of engineered systems in defense, energy, and industry applications. Recent activities within the group include heat transfer modeling, porous media reacting flow modeling, multi-phase flow modeling, battery modeling, hydrogen storage and safety technology, fluid dynamics modeling, combustion and heat transfer modeling, turbulent heat transfer simulation, and applied uncertainty quantification to all of these application areas.

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

*These benefits vary by job classification.

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:

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.