1+ months

Impact Mechanics Postdoctoral Appointee

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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:

Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security? You could be the Postdoctoral Appointee we are seeking to lead and perform experimental activities and laboratory operations in the Experimental Impact Mechanics Laboratory! In this position, you will have an active role in the development and execution of a wide array of material and component test capabilities to support a range of customers from across the laboratory to other government agencies. Breadth of activities will span from high-quality impact/shock testing of components to innovative impact materials research experiments.

In this role, you will:

+ Perform experimental mechanics research with an emphasis on high-rate characterization of materials and structures with split Hopkinson bar (or Kolsky bar) techniques implemented with advanced diagnostic techniques

+ Work with research engineers in EIML and collaborate with research engineers in other groups including Structural Mechanics Lab, Mechanical Shock Lab, and computational solid mechanics group

+ Support research activities in the following areas: mechanical characterization of materials in normal and abnormal environments, rate-dependent material model development, dynamic failure and fracture, and advanced experimental methods/diagnostic technique development

+ Perform experimental design, execution, and analysis

+ Produce technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference presentations

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ PhD in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering or a related field with an emphasis in solid mechanics

+ Solid background and experience in experimental mechanics

+ Experience working both independently and as part of a team

+ Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience on a variety of mechanical test frames including MTS or Instron load frames and drop tables

+ Experience with advanced optical methods including digital image correlation (DIC), high-speed imaging, or other optical metrology

+ Knowledge and experience with impact mechanics, engineering mechanics, or material sciences

+ Commitment to operational safety, security and quality

About Our Team:

The Experimental Solid Mechanics Department (1528) is part of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Our center is the steward of engineering mechanics for Sandia, and we are dedicated to solving our customers' most pressing and important national security problems. Our department specializes in experimental technologies related to structural mechanics and its basis in the mechanics of materials. Without state-of-the-art experimental technologies, technical expertise and analytical capabilities in sister departments, we provide integrated customer solutions in the following areas:

+ Mechanical characterization of materials, components and structures in normal and abnormal environments

+ Development and application of state-of-the-art experimental and diagnostic techniques for scientific and defense missions

+ Integration of analytical, computational and experimental efforts for engineering solutions to national security problems

Our purpose is to use the research-development-application (R-D-A) spectrum for physical discovery, model development and validation, and the qualification of hardware for nuclear weapon, defense, renewable energy and technology development missions.

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: 682957



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-04-28 Expires: 2022-07-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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