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HED/MHD Computational Physicist
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


Sandia National Laboratory is starting up a multi\-center effort to develop leading edge numerical methods and simulation codes that run efficiently on next\-generation hardware for modeling fully coupled, multi\-scale fluid / kinetic plasmas\. We are seeking a scientist to join this team\.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

+ Work as part of a multi\-disciplinary team and thrive in an expanding, fast\-paced technical environment
+ Numerical method and software development
+ Travel as needed to support project efforts


+ PhD in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related area
+ Experience in computational, multi\-fluid plasma physics models, and/or extended magnetohydrodynamics \(MHD\)
+ Experience with computational physics and mathematical software development
+ Evidence of strong research achievements in relevant technical areas as demonstrated in the form of technical publications, presentations, software tools, and/or knowledge of applications


+ Experience with design of high\-resolution type methods \(e\.g\. discontinuous Galerkin \(DG\) Methods and compatible finite element discretizations\)
+ Demonstrated expertise with computational modeling of compressible plasma systems with high\-resolution type methods
+ Experience with computational models for magnetic implosion dynamics with relevance to z\-pinch type devices
+ Strong proficiency with scientific software development
+ Excellent communication skills

Department Description:

Research within the High Energy Density Physics \(HEDP\) Theory Department 1641 spans a broad range of topics with a common theme of gaining an improved understanding of physical processes at normal as well as extreme conditions of high densities and/or temperatures, pressures, magnetic fields, and rapidly changing states\. Major efforts of the department include developing simulations codes and high\-fidelity material models with predictive capabilities together with designing dynamic material and plasma physics experiments for Sandia's Z Machine\. Our research has both applied and fundamental dimensions – for example in the areas of electronic structure, shock physics, material science, planetary science and astrophysics\.

More specifically, work at the department involves fundamental research in materials\- and plasma physics: i\) developing two\-fluid and magnetohydrodynamics simulation codes and applying them to study plasma physics and designing Z experiments; ii\) developing and applying methods based on quantum mechanics, primarily Density Functional Theory and Quantum Monte Carlo, for developing both an improved understanding and quantitative models for materials properties; and iii\) using and employing hybrid plasma simulation codes to study Electromagnetic Pulse \(EMP\) effects and laser\-matter interactions\.

Current research areas include Dynamic Material properties/NNSA Science Campaigns, Quantum Monte Carlo within Basic Energy Sciences/DOE Office of Science, Sandia Laboratory Directed Research and Development \(LDRD\), Advanced Simulation and Computing \(ASC\), and the program for fundamental science experiments on the Z machine\. The department has active collaborations with research groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory as well as with academic institutions in the US and in Europe, for example University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Harvard University, University of Rostock in Germany, Princeton University, Cornell University, and University of Texas at Austin\.

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.