Postdoctoral Appointee - Radiation Hydrodynamic Modeling

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7077772 (Ref:676107)

Posted: April 29, 2021

Job Description

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. : 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. : We are seeking a driven and results-oriented Postdoctoral Appointee to join our hardworking and dynamic team to solve complex multi-physics problems. The primary area of concentration is radiation hydrodynamics in extreme environments, with similarities to plasma physics and astrophysics. Tools and methods used are computational. The successful candidate will have a theoretical understanding of elements of hydrodynamic, plasma, or radiative transfer physics, coupled with strong programming skills, and a willingness to apply their academic training in potentially new areas. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop, verify and validate physics-based computational models to solve radiation-hydrodynamic problems + Apply models and codes to customer-specific problems + Work with a mentor one-on-one or in small teams + Document results in high-quality presentations and reports Minimal travel is required for this position.

Required:
+ PhD acquired within the last 5 years', in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field + Experience with one or more of the following: computational modeling and simulation of hydrodynamics; plasma physics; or astrophysics problems + Programming experience with multiple languages (e.g. C++, Python, Fortran, Matlab etc.) + Can obtain a DOE Q clearance

Desired:
+ High level of academic success in undergraduate and graduate programs, to include a demonstrated publication record + Experience with parallel programming and computing environments such as Linux or High Performance Computing systems + Familiarity with validation, verification, and uncertainty quantification techniques + Proven ability to perform independent research, as well as to work effectively in a team in various roles (leader and group member) + 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 at a level tailored the audience + A current DOE Q clearance, or DoD equivalent with the ability to obtain SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Department Description:

We serve national defense and nonproliferation customers with theoretical and computational research of nuclear detonation effects and signatures. We develop first-principles models to underpin a deep physics-based understanding of the development of nuclear fireballs and their optical signatures in a variety of circumstances. Department expertise includes radiation transport, hydrodynamics, material behavior and interactions in extreme environments, and code development for high performance computing.

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 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.

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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