Postdoctoral Appointee - Engineering Sciences Experimental Facility

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7105675 (Ref:684480)

Posted: July 15, 2022

Job Description

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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experiments and support development and use of advanced diagnostics in Sandia’s Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel facilities. Work will primarily be completed in one of three facilities, the Trisonic Wind Tunnel (Mach 0.5-3.0), Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (Mach 5, 8, 14) and Hypersonic Shock Tunnel (Mach 8, high enthalpy). Additional research opportunities involving Sandia’s advanced flowfield diagnostics and energetic materials are possible. In this role, you will have access to state-of-the-art laser sources, high-speed cameras, advanced optical sensors, and test facilities. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with the mentorship of Sandia staff to design, conduct, and analyze experiments as part of established research programs + Develop diagnostics for high-speed and high-enthalpy flows in wind tunnels, shock tubes, and shock tunnels + Utilize a combination of laser-based and surface sensor diagnostic techniques to realize project goals + Assist in the publication and presentation of results to the scientific community Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference! Qualifications We Require: + Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or other related engineering or natural science field + Experience in the application or development of flow diagnostics such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), laser absorption spectroscopy (LAS), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging (FLEET), Doppler global velocimetry (DGV), Raman-based scattering methods (e.g., CARS), surface measurement sensors, or similar measurement techniques + Strong verbal and written communication skills as evident by a history of conference and/or journal publications + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience in the design, development, and implementation of diagnostics in a shock tube, shock tunnel or wind tunnel laboratory + Experience with compressible fluid mechanics + Knowledge of instrumentation electronics and programming such as LabView and MATLAB + Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with standards for the ethical conduct of research + An ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical backgrounds + Previous experience demonstrating an ability to work safely and efficiently in a fast-paced research laboratory About Our Team: Sandia's Engineering Sciences Experimental Facility offers challenging and important work relating to national security in R&D and technology applications in aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, compressible fluid mechanics, multiphase and reactive flows, and shock physics. We develop the expertise needed to adapt measurement techniques to challenging environments and understand the additional uncertainty which may be introduced. For model validation and data-driven modeling, we work in tandem with modelers to design optimum experiments. Our primary mission supports U.S. Department of Energy Defense Programs, as well as projects funded through the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and industry.

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: 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 L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO: 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. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 684480

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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