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R&D Computational Materials Scientist (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.

Salary Range:

$86,300 - $166,800

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, early-career staff member in Computational Materials Science to contribute to projects that advance the state-of-the-art in modeling of explosive materials and energetic components. This includes collaboration with scientists who are developing tools that improve physical process modeling capabilities, as well as collaboration with engineers responsible for the design and development of explosive components. The position includes fundamental research to develop material constitutive models, advance our understanding of the response of materials and devices to various stimuli, and characterize behaviors such as ignition, sustained reaction, and/or detonation of energetic materials. Development of science-based models is collaborative in nature, typically requiring collaborations with technical staff in Engineering and Computational Sciences centers as well as within the Explosives Technology Group. Design and analysis projects are multi-disciplinary, requiring knowledge of or teaming with experts in chemistry, thermal-fluids analysis, solid mechanics, shock physics, electrical engineering, and manufacturing. Presentation of results to customers and at engineering science forums is expected.

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

+ Run simulations and parameters scans supporting the design, development, and maturation of new Explosive Components and technology

+ Apply groundbreaking modeling and simulation tools for analysis of energetic components’ performance margins throughout their lifecycles

+ Collaborate with experimentalists, and assist in the design of experiments for model calibration, validation, or basic understanding of explosive materials/device performance

+ Propose new research programs which advance the state of the art in energetics modeling capability

Qualifications We Require:

+ MS in computational materials science, physical science, engineering, or computer science

+ Strong background in computational simulations, parallel computing, post-processing, and code development

+ Ability to acquire a Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Ph.D. in computational materials science, physical science, engineering, or computer science

+ Background in shock physics and multi-physics modeling

+ Experience in explosives technology and engineering

+ Demonstrable ability to work in a team environment

+ Experience with Sandia codes such as SIERRA, CTH, ALEGRA, or LGR

+ Possess good interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication abilities

+ Current Q clearance

About Our Team:

Department 7554, Explosives R&D, develops a science-based understanding of the performance of explosive components and energetic materials (EM: pyrotechnics, propellants, and high explosives) under static and dynamic conditions, including shock – we examine behavior of materials and devices far from their equilibrium states. Dept. 7554 is part of the Explosive Technologies Group, which is responsible for cradle-to-grave oversight of explosive components and the advancement of our understanding of the physics of EM behavior. The customer and collaborator base expands across the Nuclear Weapons enterprise to other government agencies, universities, and industry partners who are interested in EM applications and science. Projects vary from support of the nuclear weapon mission to fundamental research to novel EM applications.

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.

Job ID: 683766



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