Postdoctoral Appointee - Radiation Detection and Identification

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7067627 (Ref:672422)

Posted: July 8, 2020

Job Description

**Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security!** We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to work on radiation detection and help to solve identification issues. Our team develops and maintains Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software (GADRAS) for the rapid analysis of gamma spectra, gamma detector response simulation, and radiation transport. The software combines the detector response function with full spectrum analysis and is the gold standard for fast identification of radiation sources. The selected applicant will have the following opportunities: + Software development, algorithm development and improvement + Detector characterization experiments to identify issues of national importance + Collaborate with other departments in the development of advanced R&D capability to support the NIRP and related missions. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop and use analysis algorithms for radiation detectors, radiation transport software and perform laboratory measurements + Further develop neutron transport and analysis methods for multiplicity detectors + Collaborate on a core team of five staff to develop software and perform measurements to improve real-world capabilities to detect and characterize radiation sources

Required:
+ Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or related field, obtained within the last 5 years + Experience with, and understanding of, radiation transport + Proficiency in software development skills (i.e. C++, C#, or FORTRAN)

Desired:
+ Experience measuring radioactive sources using radiation detectors + Proficiency with Linux commands and experience with object-oriented programming + Experience using radiation transport software (especially GADRAS) + Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information

Department Description:

We perform applied research and development for WMD detectors and associated assessment algorithm and software tool development, conduct field testing and data collection, and provide leadership and support for real world responses to nuclear/radiological incidents. Some department personnel lead and support key aspects of Sandia's Nuclear Incident Response Program (NIRP) that are led out of our group, 6630. We have a solid core customer base through DOE NNSA NA20 and NA80 and support non-DOE customers including DoD, FBI, and DHS. In particular, we have an established reputation with government agencies and commercial industry in the field of radiation detection and assessment and trace explosives detection.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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. : Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories’ collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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.


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