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Job Category:
Low Temperature Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Appointee
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


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\.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state\-of\-the\-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security?

Our team is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research related to low temperature plasmas\. You will work with existing teams to solve challenging problems by employing state\-of\-the\-art computational tools\.

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

+ Supporting the advancement of plasma physics models
+ Developing new models for use in simulation tools and/or using existing simulation tools to model and predict plasma phenomena
+ You will work closely with experimentalists to perform simulation validation activities


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Mathematics, or other closely related discipline
+ You will have experience in computational science
+ Experience in one or more of the following fields: gas/plasma chemistry, electrical discharge \(vacuum to atmospheric pressures, low to high currents\), hydrodynamics, dusty plasmas, plasma\-surface interaction, laser\-surface interaction, or solid\-state physics related to electron emission
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance


+ You will have good communication skills
+ Experience in code development in a modern programming language such as C\+\+
+ Experience in model and algorithm development for computational simulation

Department Description:

The department has three main thrust areas: Laser and Optical Diagnostics, Low Temperature Plasma Physics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials\. The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real\-time, non\-contact, in\-situ optical diagnostic capabilities\. The Low Temperature Plasma physics thrust investigates a range of phenomena from fundamental plasma physics to the application of plasma science for understanding device operation\. A tightly coupled group of experimental and computational physicists develop novel experimental diagnostics and advanced computational models targeting plasma\-surface interactions, arc discharge \(vacuum to high pressure\), and complex plasma chemistry\. The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments\. This work entails both state\-of\-the\-art diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials\.

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 L\-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 L\-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.