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Dynamic Compression - 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of using state-of-the-art experimental facilities to explore complex problems? Join our dynamic team and tackle significant issues for our nation's security! You could be the dedicated Postdoctoral Appointee we are seeking to join our diverse team. You will work with the Dynamic Material Properties Department to experimentally measure material properties at extreme conditions. You will help support a wide range of experiments at our gas gun and pulsed power facilities. You will collaborate with other team members to design and analyze dynamic material experiments, design and implement new diagnostics, and make important material property measurements!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Apply existing or develop new capabilities for measuring the thermodynamic and constitutive response of various metals, polymers, condensed gasses, geological materials, and/or energetics

+ Perform hydrodynamic computer simulations for the design and analysis of experiments, as well as model calibration and validation

+ Collaborate with internal and external scientists on research in the broad areas of dynamic material properties and high energy density science

+ Contribute to the scientific community through the presentation of your research at national and international conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals

Qualifications We Require:

+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in the physical sciences, engineering, material science or a closely related field and have a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)

+ Technical competency in one or more of the following areas as proven through publications in journals:

+ Shock physics

+ High energy density physics

+ High speed diagnostics

+ High pressure physics

+ Geophysics

+ Material science

+ Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and presentations

+ Experience working in a collaborative team environment

+ Experience with experimentation involving activity level work such as: high-voltage systems, pulsed power drivers, laser diagnostics, x-ray sources, and gas guns

+ Experience with high-speed diagnostic instrumentation such as laser interferometry (VISAR and/or PDV), streak and/or framing cameras, digitizers, x-ray diffraction, pyrometry, flash x-ray generators

+ Working knowledge of Matlab or other scientific computing script

About Our Team:

The Dynamic Materials Properties Department at Sandia National Laboratories (Department 1646) performs experimental measurements of dynamic material properties at high pressures, including material's equations of state, phase boundaries, and transport and constitutive properties. Experiments are performed with a variety of drivers, from high velocity gas guns to the most powerful pulsed-power facility in the world, the 26 million ampere Z facility. The focus of the department is dynamic material properties experiments using both high-pressure shock waves and shockless compression as well as the development, implementation, and application of new material physics diagnostics. Initiatives within the department range from basic science to highly applied national security missions. The department is responsible for designing, executing, diagnosing, and analyzing dynamic materials properties experiments on the Z facility, and at Sandia National Laboratories Dynamic Integrated Compression Experimental (DICE) and Shock Thermodynamic Applied Research (STAR) facilities.

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 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.


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: 685964



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-09-23 Expires: 2022-10-23

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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