Combustion Research Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

Job posting number: #7103674 (Ref:683846)

Posted: June 22, 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 multiple combustion research Postdoctoral Appointees for the Applied Combustion Research Departments. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Use state-of-the-art optical and laser-based diagnostic capabilities to investigate complex, reacting flows cylinder flows in applied environments under the mentorship of Sandia technical staff + Design, fabricate, install and test electrical/mechanical components, instrumentation (pressure, temperature, flow), and control systems for optically accessible research facilities and laboratory infrastructure + Develop and apply advanced diagnostic techniques tailored to identify key controlling physical and chemical processes, including development and use of data acquisition, scientific/statistical data processing, and experimental monitoring software + Employ commercial CFD software or research-grade high fidelity codes to further investigate these processes + Use the resulting experimental data, coupled with simulation results, to synthesize new understanding and to create improved models and predictive tools for engine and fuel behavior + Generate high-impact journal and conference publications and presentations + Design, implement, and/or maintain laboratory safety systems, including gas sensors, interlocks, pressure relief, and seismic restraints + Participate in new program development efforts + Participate in international collaborations with leading engineers and scientists from industry, universities, and other technical institution Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in engineering, physical sciences, or other relevant field + Significant experience with thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and/or combustion sciences + Demonstrated accomplishment in experimental research Qualifications We Desire: + Experience with advanced laser-based optical diagnostics and experience with combustion research on engines (reciprocating or turbine) or other high-pressure systems + Programming experience (MATLAB, Python, C++ or similar) + Familiarity with CAD software (Solidworks, Pro-E or similar) + Experience interfacing with DAQ systems and basic PID/Arduino controller programming + Well-developed hands-on skills + Interest in modern engine technology + Demonstrated initiative and a willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility + Excellent verbal and written communication skills + Ability to work effectively in a teaming environment About Our Team: The mission of Sandia/California's Applied Combustion Research Departments is to develop the science base needed by industry to build and optimize a new generation of clean, high-efficiency propulsion and energy conversion devices that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The departments are part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), where ~100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. The CRF offers a challenging and stimulating work environment that addresses today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date. 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: 683846

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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