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Sandia National Laboratories | Livermore, California
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Job Description


The Post\-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit outstanding Ph\.D\. applicants to assist a line organization in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work environment for the employee\. The Ph\.D\. must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment\. These assignments are for a one\-year period, with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five additional one\-year assignments\.

A postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately to work under the supervision of Dr\. Judit Zádor and Dr\. Khachik Sargsyan at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California\. We are looking for a creative problem solver with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of physical chemistry and experience in scientific computing\. The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for developing new methods for large\-scale gas\-phase kinetics calculations in gas\-phase and heterogeneous catalysis including automation of reactive potential energy searches combined with state\-of\-the\-art optimization and machine learning techniques\. The work is in the framework of a Sandia\-led 4\-year Department of Energy funded project, therefore, collaboration in an interdisciplinary multi\-institution team will be a crucial aspect of the job\.


A PhD in a relevant discipline \(conferred within the past five years\)\.

Candidate must have substantial expertise in an area of computational chemistry and in scientific programming\. Scientific ability should be demonstrated by a strong publication record coupled with good presentation, writing, and communication skills\.


Knowledge of gas\-phase combustion, atmospheric chemistry, or heterogeneous catalysis, transition state theory, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, molecular dynamics, or related subjects is strongly desired\. Familiarity and previous experience with advanced scientific computing methods, including machine learning, quantum chemical codes and high performance computing, is also desired\.

Department Description:

The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility \(CRF\) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly\. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion\. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate\. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas\-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment\.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted security clearance\.

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications\. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to the work site\. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE\-granted security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for DOE\-granted security clearances must be U\.S\. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position\.

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.

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