Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Combustion Research in Livermore, California


This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


The Engine Combustion Research Department has an opening for a combustion research postdoctoral appointee.

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

  • Use state-of-the-art optical and laser-based diagnostic capabilities to investigate the complex, reacting in-cylinder flows in ICEs under the mentorship of Sandia technical staff
  • Identify the controlling physical and chemical processes in new high-efficiency, low-emission engine technologies
  • Develop advanced diagnostic techniques tailored to investigate these controlling processes
  • Employ commercial CFD software or research-grade high fidelity codes to further investigate these processes
  • Use the resulting experimental data, coupled with simulation results, to synthesize new understanding and to build models and predictive tools for engine and fuel behavior
  • Generate high-impact journal and conference publications and presentations
  • Participate in new program development efforts
  • Participate in international collaborations with leading engineers and scientists from industry, universities, and other technical institutions


You have all the following:

  • PhD in Engineering, the Physical Sciences, or a related field;
  • A strong background and training in thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and combustion sciences;
  • Proven accomplishment in experimental or computational research.


You also have one or more of the following:

  • Experience with advanced laser-based optical diagnostics and experience with combustion research on engines or other high-pressure systems.
  • A working style that demonstrates initiative and a willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • The ability to work effectively in a teaming environment.

Department Description:

The mission of Sandia/California's Engine Combustion Research Department is to develop the science base needed by industry to build and optimize a new generation of advanced, high-efficiency, clean internal-combustion (IC) engines that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), where 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. The CRF offers a challenging and stimulating work environment that addresses today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

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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*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.

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.