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Computational Low Temperature Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Appointee

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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:

The Applied Optical and Plasma Science Department is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research on low temperature plasmas for a wide range of applications. You will use computational tools and clusters to develop scientific insights and aid Sandia in its mission to serve the nation. In collaboration with experimental team members, you will validate computational models and develop new ones to enable predictive design and to investigate fundamental phenomena.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

+ Establishing new scientific insight on the physical mechanisms underlying low temperature plasma phenomena

+ Publication of scientific results and participation in the scientific community

+ Collaborating with external partners through Sandia’s Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility (https://www.sandia.gov/prf/)

+ Using existing plasma simulation tools for new applications

+ Developing new physics models, often to provide or enhance simulation capabilities

+ Validation and verification of plasma simulation tools in collaboration with experimentalists

Qualifications We Require:

+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mathematics, or closely related field

+ Experience in one or more of the following: gas/plasma chemistry, electrical discharge (vacuum to atmospheric pressures, low to high currents), semiconductor processing, plasma catalysis, hydrodynamics, plasma-surface interactions, laser-surface interactions, or solid-state physics

+ Experience in using and/or developing computational models of physical phenomena

+ Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Good communication and interpersonal skills

+ The motivation and ability to tackle technical problems independently

+ Experience working with experimental results for model validation

+ Proficiency in scientific programming in some language (e.g., C++, Python)

+ Background in atomic and molecular physics

+ Experience developing plasma chemistry models/mechanisms

+ Experience in model and algorithm development for computational simulation

+ Experience working with HPC platforms

+ Experience in experimental work in low temperature plasmas

About Our Team:

Our department is a multidisciplinary group of experts in three areas: Low Temperature Plasma Physics, Laser and Optical Diagnostics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials. We work with groups in Sandia and other entities to develop the science that enables engineering solutions.

The Low Temperature Plasma Physics thrust has ongoing work in sheath physics, plasma chemistry, plasma-surface interactions, arc discharges (from vacuum to high pressure), vacuum insulator flashover, CCP systems, and more. To study this wide array of phenomena, we engage both experimental and computational experts that work together to produce new understanding. The plasma codes we use include fully kinetic, hybrid, and fluid models. We use a variety of diagnostics to examine these systems and are actively involved in the development or use of advanced laser diagnostics, other spectroscopic techniques, physical probes, RF sensing, and more. There may be an opportunity for this position to perform experimental work directly, in addition to the primary modeling work.

The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real-time, non-contact, in-situ optical diagnostic capabilities.

The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments. This work entails both innovative diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.


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: 683504



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-22 Expires: 2022-07-22

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