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Postdoctoral Appointee - Modeling & Simulation of Hypersonic Flows
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


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\.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join a team developing models for laminar\-turbulent boundary layer transition and executing simulations of transitional and fully\-developed turbulent boundary layers\.

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

+ Conduct research involving the fundamental physics of both transitional and fully turbulent hypersonic flows
+ Research and develop numerical algorithms for modeling these phenomena and support the implementation of these methods in state\-of\-the\-art hypersonics simulation codes
+ Assist in the publication and presentation of key results to the scientific community


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or other related engineering or natural science field \(with concentration in fluid dynamics\)
+ Experience with compressible fluid mechanics and familiarity with numerical methods for compressible CFD \(e\.g\., finite volume methods, shock capturing schemes\)
+ Experience with hydrodynamic stability analysis and/or modeling of laminar\-turbulent transition
+ Experience with code development and the ability to program in C\+\+ and Fortran
+ Good communication skills as demonstrated by a history of publications in peer\-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Familiarity with hydrodynamic stability analysis in the specific context of hypersonic flows\. Knowledge of the various types of instabilities and their physical characteristics
+ Previous experience developing and operating compressible CFD codes
+ Experience using high performance computing software on massively parallel computing clusters
+ Previous experience developing computational tools for hydrodynamic stability analysis
+ Familiarity with theories of wall\-bounded turbulence and experience executing and processing direct numerical simulations of turbulence

Department Description:

The Aerosciences Department offers challenging and important work relating to national security in R&D and technology applications in aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, compressible fluid mechanics, and flight dynamics\. Our primary mission supports U\.S\. Department of Energy Defense Programs, and aerosciences projects funded through the U\.S\. Department of Defense, DARPA, NASA, and industry\.

Our projects span the Mach number range from subsonic through hypersonic and involve systems ranging from aircraft released ordinance to reentry systems and rocket systems\. Technical activities include experimental, analytical, and computational efforts plus support of flight test activities, both pre\-flight/post\-flight analyses and field test operations\. The Aerosciences Department maintains a strong balance of research and development activities and works synergistically with other organizations at Sandia to meet current and future customer needs\.

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 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.