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Manager, Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department (1514)
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


The group is searching for a visionary department manager who can strengthen its technical leadership in the core competencies of thermal sciences while advancing a strategy for the future\. The Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department resides in the Thermal, Fluid, and Aero Sciences Group \(1510\) within the Engineering Sciences Center \(1500\)\. This department supports a wide variety of work that directly impacts several mission areas, including but not limited to, nuclear deterrence, space systems, renewable energy, and security applications\. The job requires deepening and expanding partnerships with product organizations as well as collaborating with computational and experimental organizations to advance capabilities and processes for product development with vastly reduced uncertainty and variability\. Achieving a balanced portfolio of department work across the research\-development\-applications spectrum is needed to ensure the department stays at the forefront of rapidly evolving capabilities\. The manager’s ability to attract, retain, and develop a pipeline of exceptional staff expertise to sustain the department’s leadership role in thermal sciences technology is critical to success\.

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

+ Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with other managers within the Group, Center, and broader Laboratories to further work across the research, development and application spectrum
+ Negotiate work\-scope, manage budgets, and provide assurance of department deliverables
+ Foster a culture that promotes safety and security, as well as a diverse and inclusive work environment
+ Strengthen internal and external partnerships to enrich relationships, leverage strengths, and amplify our mission impact
+ Inspire innovation to advance cutting\-edge capabilities that provide a differentiating advantage in supporting the core missions of the Laboratories
+ Participate in setting technical direction for the Advanced Strategic Computing and Delivery Environments programs, which will require strong interactions with various system and component organizations and may involve taking on programmatic responsibilities
+ Traveling occasionally to support ongoing and new business efforts


+ Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math \(STEM\) discipline
+ Technical depth in thermal sciences disciplines \(convection, conduction, radiation, etc\.\)
+ 8 years of leadership experience as demonstrated by serving as a project manager, principal investigator, or prior management experience
+ Experience with program development including collaboration with customers and partners \(industry, government, university, etc\.\)
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math \(STEM\) discipline
+ Experience with the Nuclear Deterrence program at Sandia
+ Experience in performing research and leading research
+ Evidence of building successful partnerships across disparate organizations
+ Broad knowledge of Sandia's Missions and capabilities
+ Commitment to staff career development at all levels of experience and training
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills
+ Passion for achieving workforce diversity and an inclusive environment for all MOW

Department Description:

The Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department at Sandia National Laboratories conducts a broad range of technical activities focused on heat transfer, numerical analyses, and related capabilities\. Our work spans fundamental research and development to engineering analysis of applied problems\. Our basic research activities focus on developing the scientific insights and physical models that will enhance our predictive simulation capabilities\. Representative research areas include: radiation heat transfer, heat transfer in the presence of decomposing foams, heat transfer associated with fires \(hydrocarbons, propellants, or composite materials\), and the coupling of heat transfer with structural response and failure\. Our engineering analyses support a wide variety of projects in the areas of environments specification, design, performance, and system safety across varied areas of interest to Sandia\. Representative projects include assessing thermal response for weapons’ safety, modeling and controlling thermal environments for space applications, solar power applications, and manufacturing processes\. Application projects range from small modeling efforts requiring rapid and agile turnaround to high consequence applications requiring large thermal models with heavy emphasis on credibility of model results by exercising and advancing sound V&V/UQ practices\. We work closely with experimentalists and code developers to improve the fidelity of supporting tests and to ensure needed code functionality is available\.

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:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.

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.