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Postdoctoral Appointee - Meso/Continuum Materials Response Modeling
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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 conduct research related to the mesoscale/continuum modeling of highly deformed materials, especially bcc metals\.

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

+ Plan, conduct, and analyze computer simulations of high\-rate material deformation to deduce mechanical, microstructural and/or plastic processes
+ Synthesize materials knowledge to provide recommendations for additional and/or complementary research to provide clearer understanding of material properties and microstructural arrangements
+ Work with Sandia staff in a collaborative team environment on multiscale projects as part of a fast\-paced technically\-challenging research organization
+ Effectively communicate accomplishments in presentations at international conferences and publications in peer\-reviewed journals


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline
+ Experience in computational physics and materials analysis techniques for meso/continuum and/or microstructural study \(e\.g\., crystal plasticity, kinetic Monte Carlo, Finite Element/Difference\), or related simulation techniques
+ Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer\- reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences


+ Experience in simulation of extreme environments and high\-rate dynamic deformation in metals, or other materials\.
+ Knowledge of materials strength and deformation mechanisms \(dislocation production/dynamics, twinning, etc\.\), at atomistic and meso scales\.
+ Experience demonstrating teamwork and positive customer interactions
+ Demonstrated ability to establish strong collaborations with both computational scientists and experimentalists
+ Strong track record of first\-authorship papers in peer\-reviewed publications or conference presentations
+ Familiarity with Abacus, ALEGRA \(or equivalent\), especially to model extreme environments

Department Description:

The Computational Materials and Data Science Department provides advanced computational analysis that enables materials\-based insight and solutions\. Capabilities include model development for nanoscale and mesoscale materials evolution, interfacial dynamics, failure/plasticity initiation and propagation, multivariate analysis, and signal processing\. Our multidisciplinary background and materials science expertise enable mechanistic and physical understanding related to aging, wear and high\-rate deformation of materials such as metals, semiconductors, biomaterials, and polymers in support of DOE nuclear and non\-nuclear 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 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.