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Postdoctoral Appointee - Ultrafast Coherent Surface Spectroscopy
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Job Description


We seek to hire one or more postdoctoral researchers to work on development of ultrafast laser diagnostics and their application to combustion and related environments \(PI: Christopher Kliewer\)\.

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

+ Develop and conduct experiments with ultrafast \(femtosecond and picosecond\) laser systems;
+ Employ the scientific method to design, refine, and implement new experiments;
+ Work with an emphasis placed on the further development of nonlinear optical techniques such as planar coherent anti\-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and sum\-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy;
+ Use creativity in solving experimental difficulties;
+ Work on experiments that will focus on combining surface sensitive optical measurements with cutting\-edge gas\-phase nonlinear optical imaging measurements to learn about fundamental gas\-surface chemistry involved in heterogeneous combustion and other multiphase processes\.


+ PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field, with a strong interest in developing laser\-based nonlinear optical techniques;
+ Some experience in spectroscopic modeling;
+ The ability to write technical peer\-reviewed publications, evidenced through a strong publication record, is essential\.


+ Experience with femtosecond laser amplifier systems;
+ Previous work with sum\-frequency generation, coherent anti\-Stokes Raman spectroscopy or a related nonlinear optical spectroscopy;
+ Experience with high\-pressure gas handling equipment;
+ Familiarity with quantum chemical calculations of optical vibrational frequencies\.

Department Description:

The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility \(CRF\) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly\. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion\. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate\. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas\-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment\.

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:

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.