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Postdoctoral Appointee - Digital Image Correlation and Optimization

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Are you passionate about collaborating with dynamic, multidisciplinary research teams? We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct fundamental algorithm research, object-oriented software development, and application of methodologies in machine learning, image processing and optimization to object tracking in high speed video analysis and digital image correlation. Areas of interest in algorithms R&D include (but not limited to) ultra-performant object tracking (analyzing high speed video at rates of 1000frames/s or more), novel stereo digital image correlation methods, uncertainty quantification in image processing and the development of a graphical user interface.

**On any given day, you may:**

+ Develop fundamental algorithm research on optimization as it relates to image processing on massively parallel and next generation computational architectures
+ Publish research results in leading technical journals and present at technical workshops and conferences
+ Implement research results and contribute to capability development in Sandias Digital Image Correlation Engine (DICe)
+ Collaborate with other staff, engineers, scientists, etc


+ You have, or are pursuing a PhD in Optics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or related discipline, and have a bachelors degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
+ Your background includes programming and software development
+ You possess a strong research output record, as evidenced by submissions in peer-reviewed scholarly articles, issued patents, technical books, conferences, etc.
+ Your experience includes image processing or digital image correlation


**Ideally, your background will also include:**

+ Ability to obtain a security clearance
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills
+ Experience in scientific computing and numerical methods for partial differential equations
+ Experience and/or training in one or more engineering application areas, e.g., engineering mechanics, material science.
+ Experience in machine learning
+ Experience with formal software quality engineering principles
+ Experience with C++ and javascript
+ Experience implementing algorithms on GPUs or heterogeneous computational architectures

Department Description:

The Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification Department is housed within Sandias Center for Computing Research (ccr.sandia.gov). Our mission is to provide leadership in the research, development, and application of scientific optimization and UQ algorithms and software, in support of Sandias many mission areas. Our people work in a collaborative, highly multidisciplinary, team-based environment. We produce several open-source, scientific software packages including DICe (github.com/dicengine), Dakota (dakota.sandia.gov) and the Rapid Optimization Library (trilinos.org/packages/rol/). Broad partnerships are maintained at many levels, and collaborations are actively carried out with other government institutions, universities and industry. The department frequently hosts students and faculty from world-class universities for extended visits through the Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI; see http://www.cs.sandia.gov/CSRI/).

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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 and will require uncleared access for greater than 179 during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, 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 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 Statement:

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.


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.


Posted: 2019-09-16 Expires: 2019-11-15

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