Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Required Education: Doctorate
X-Ray and Extreme UV Optics (FX)
Years of Experience:
Internal Number: 680330
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.
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What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join a team of researchers focused on development, validation, and application of advanced diagnostics for the harsh environments relevant to Sandia’s national security mission! Our team develops advanced X-ray, optical, and laser diagnostics for challenging thermal, fluid, and mechanical environments. Applications include energetic materials, fluid dynamics, combustion, and wind tunnel studies. In this role, you will have access to state-of-the-art x-ray sources, laser sources, and advanced optical sensors.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Work with the mentorship of Sandia staff to perform world-class research focused on the development, validation and application of advanced diagnostics for thermal, fluid, solid-mechanics and aerodynamic environments relevant to Sandia’s national security mission.
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and develop laboratory-wide collaborations across multiple Sandia organizations.
- Design and perform experiments utilizing X-ray and imaging diagnostic techniques to realize project goals.
- Publish and present results to the scientific community through technical conferences and peer-reviewed journals.
- Develop laboratory-wide collaborations across multiple Sandia organizations and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
- Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines.
Join our dynamic team and achieve your goals while making a difference!
Qualifications We Require
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or closely related field
- Experience with optical diagnostic measurement techniques for fluid dynamic, combustion, energetic materials, wind tunnel applications, or related fields
- Demonstrated capability to conduct experimental research and communicate results to the wider scientific community through technical publications and presentations
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience with X-ray diagnostic techniques such as high-speed radiography and tomography, synchrotron-based measurements, and static CT imaging
- Expertise in and experience operating X-ray sources
- Experience with laser diagnostic techniques such as coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), digital in-line holography (DIH), particle image velocimetry (PIV), femtosecond laser electronic exciting tagging (FLEET), tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), spontaneous Raman scattering (SRS), and/or filtered Rayleigh scattering (FRS)
- Experience using scientific cameras, data acquisition, signal processing methods and/or associated computer tools in association with laboratory experiments
About Our Team
The Diagnostic Science and Engineering Department (01512) develops and applies diagnostics for engineering sciences applications. We develop the expertise needed to adapt measurement techniques to challenging environments and understand the additional uncertainty which may be introduced. For model validation, we work in tandem with modelers to design optimum experiments. We assist data users in interpreting and understanding experimental results. Finally, we apply our expertise to understand the limitations of any diagnostic and the experimental uncertainty of the resulting data. The department is engaged in experimental activities in fluid mechanics, multiphase and reactive flows, rheology, shock science, and the thermal, chemical and mechanical characterization of materials, including polymeric and energetic materials. Our efforts are focused on (1) development and application of advanced diagnostics, (2) conduct of fundamental experiments to unravel unresolved phenomenology and to characterize material properties and material response, (3) design and performance of validation experiments supporting the Center’s code development efforts, and (4) experimental support for weapon qualification/certification. The department has responsibility for the operation of thermal/fluids laboratories, pilot-scale multiphase flow test-beds, full-field measurement of material response and material characterization (DIC), and rheological characterization facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.