Postdoctoral Appointee - Geothermal Research Mechanical Engineer (onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7212503 (Ref:692701)

Posted: February 1, 2024

Job Description

Bidder Eligibility: 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. 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 collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a creative and energetic Postdoctoral Appointee in the Geothermal Research Department to provide support for engineering design (R&D Mechanical Engineer), implementation of lab and/or field experiments as well as data and system analysis. You will be part of a diverse and inclusive team that's driving innovation forward. You'll collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including electrical engineers, software developers, and project managers and work with a dynamic team to accomplish innovative and creative work using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Are you ready for a challenge? Join this team of high performing individuals and achieve success while supporting renewable energy development and mitigate climate changes. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Independently conduct and complete research activities + Collaborate with teams from across Sandia and from other labs and universities + Present your work within leading publication and/or conference venues + Participate in novel, creative research using state of the art technology, interacting closely with customers, and be afforded the opportunity to develop, grow, and lead projects + Learn new skillsets and utilize them develop effective solutions for complex technical problems Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Mechanical Engineering or relevant Science, Technology, or Engineering discipline + Experience with instrumentation and/or mechanical design and testing + Experience conducting laboratory and/or field scale testing + Experience with CAD software – preferably Solidworks + Publication records that include written research reports, literature publications, and conference presentations Qualifications We Desire: + Familiarity with test control systems, primarily National Instruments/LabView + Geothermal, oil & gas, or other geological/geotechnical experience + Ability to work independently with minimal direction in a team environment + Strong analytical skills and ability to learn new skills as projects require + Strong communication, interpersonal, and teaming skills with the ability to work in an ever-changing and dynamic environment About Our Team: The Geothermal Research Department is an organization that delivers unique solutions for customers who require components and systems capable of operating in harsh and often high-temperature environments. The historical mission of the department was to address technology needs related to the development of geothermal energy (a baseload renewable energy resource); in particular accessing, monitoring and engineering of geothermal resources in subsurface geologic environments. This mission continues, but the capabilities of the organization have also been leveraged to address other issues of national importance. Current activities are broad in scope and require the efforts of multidisciplinary technical teams with expertise in mechanical engineering, drilling technologies, electronics, geosciences, materials, sensors, and explosives/propellants. Examples of areas being addressed by the department include:-Improving the performance of drilling technologies in hard-rock environments.-Development of high-temperature electronic and electromechanical systems for drilling, logging and monitoring.-Environmentally friendly reservoir simulation technology development. Our customer base spans a wide variety of governmental and private sponsors, and we work closely with the geothermal power industry, oil & gas developers, service companies, other national laboratories and academia. In addition, the department maintains and continually updates a wide variety of unique testing capabilities for evaluation of technologies in simulated downhole environments. 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. 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. 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: 692701


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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