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Hypersonic Fluids Diagnostics Postdoctoral Appointee
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support the development and use of advanced fluids diagnostics for experiments primarily in Sandia’s Hypersonic Wind Tunnel \(Mach 5, 8, and 14\), with some work involving the Trisonic Wind Tunnel as well \(Mach 0\.5 – 3\.0\)\. Experiments will utilize modern optical diagnostics to obtain high\-fidelity data to enable physical discovery and support the development of computational models\. Opportunities exist to collaborate on research spanning multiple disciplines, including experimental fluid dynamics, shock/boundary\-layer interactions, fluid/structure interactions, signal processing, image processing, and novel diagnostics for hypersonic flows\.

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

+ Working with the mentorship of Sandia staff to design, conduct, and analyze experiments as part of established research programs
+ Assisting in the publication and presentation of results to the scientific community
+ Performing all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other related engineering or natural science field
+ Experience with experimental fluid dynamics and wind\-tunnel testing
+ Experience with the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of unique hardware for wind\-tunnel experimentation and optical diagnostic systems
+ Experience with laser\-based flow diagnostics such as PIV, PLIF, CARS, FLEET, PSP, TSP or similar techniques, or experience with other optical diagnostics such as DIC, BOS, or Schlieren imaging
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Experience with instrumentation electronics and Labview, Matlab, Tecplot, Solidworks or equivalent software packages
+ Experience with surface measurement sensors for pressure, temperature, etc
+ Experience with signal processing or image processing algorithms
+ Experience with unsteady hypersonic flow experiments, fluid\-structure interactions, or shock\-boundary layer interactions
+ Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research
+ Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical backgrounds

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


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\.

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.