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Postdoctoral Appointee - Experimental Solid Mechanics
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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 PhD must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment\.

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\.

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\.


The Mechanics of Materials Department is seeking a postdoctoral applied mechanics researcher with a focused background in experimental solid mechanics\. Materials of interest for this position cover a broad range of metals, including additively manufactured metals\. Specific areas of interest include thermal/mechanical effects in metals, high temperature characterization, coupled effects, and time/rate dependent behavior\.

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

+ Perform work involving characterizing the mechanical performance of materials, including the development of advanced testing and diagnostic capabilities;
+ Conduct material characterization testing and research and development in experimental mechanics, and work within a laboratory culture committed to safety;
+ Work in a cooperative lab environment within the department, and may also interact with a range of customer groups at Sandia\.


+ PhD in Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering, or other related discipline;
+ Educational or professional background in experimental solid mechanics;
+ Experience with integration of laboratory safety techniques and considerations into experimental work;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q\-level security clearance\.


+ Evidence of relevant and exceptional research achievements as demonstrated in the form of technical publications, presentations, software tools, and/or knowledge of applications, or
+ Ability to plan and carry out complex experiments, or
+ Experience with thermal/mechanical effects in metals, high temperature characterization, coupled effects, and time/rate dependent behavior;
+ Ability to communicate results effectively in oral and written forms;
+ Ability and desire to work in a collaborative team environment\.

Department Description:

The Mechanics of Materials Department performs experimental and analytical studies to characterize and predict the thermal\-mechanical behavior of materials, from atoms to continuum, specializing in fracture and failure\. Our experimental work covers the spectrum of discovery to characterization to model validation\. Motivated by observations, we develop mathematical models to simulate material responses under various loading and environmental conditions\. The fidelity of our models and simulations varies from atomic to continuum scales\. We develop numerical methodologies so that our material models can be implemented in high\-performance computing simulations\. Our experimental capabilities include characterizing materials over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates, developing micro\- and nanoscale strain and displacement diagnostics, and testing subsystems to support model validations\.

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.