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Postdoctoral Appointee - Computational Analysis and Modeling for Fire Science and Technology
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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\.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to focus on computational analysis and model development\. Are you passionate about problem\-solving analysis and experimental activities ranging from discovery through hardware qualification and physics model development to enable computational predictions? Are you dreaming of the opportunity to develop quantitative descriptions of multi\-physics thermo\-fluids environments, with fire being the example of primary concern? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity\.

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

+ Improve the predictive modeling of reacting flow environments
+ Develop computational models in: combustion, turbulent flows, aerosol formation and transport, electrochemistry, non\-ideal solution chemistry, multi\-phase flows, radiation heat transfer through participating media, and/or condensed \(solid\) fuel combustion
+ Support a diverse range of technical activities related to turbulent flows, reacting systems, heat and mass transfer, multiphase flows, and aerosol dynamics
+ Support other projects such as modeling of pollutant emissions, mixing and precipitation, aerosol dynamics, multiphase flows and batteries
+ Develop models in multiple physics areas and provide application analysis support
+ Partner with dynamic teams engaged in experimental measurements, computational algorithm development, diagnostics development, and massively\-parallel multi\-physics code development
+ Augment the body of knowledge by publishing and presenting research results for the broader scientific community


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in engineering, computational science, or related discipline
+ Experience in the modeling of systems in at least one of the following areas:

- Combustion
- Turbulent flows
- Aerosol formation and transport
- Electrochemistry
- Non\-ideal solution chemistry
- Multi\-phase flows
- Radiation heat transfer through participating media
- Condensed fuel combustion


+ Expertise in more than a single related topic area
+ Experience in areas involving stochastic variation, from underlying uncertainties or directly from stochastic processes like turbulence or particle formation
+ Understanding of quantitative application of model predictions
+ Numerical application of best\-practice methods including verification and validation, as well as uncertainty quantification for model prediction characterization
+ Working knowledge of C\+\+ and/or Python
+ Experience in model implementation in large computational frameworks and the challenges of massively\-parallel computational science
+ Experience working with a dynamic team with varied skill sets
+ Excellent communication skills
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a sigma 15 clearance \(subject to random polygraph\)

Department Description:

The Fire Science and Technology Department performs experimental and phenomenological fire research to support Sandia's national security mission\. The main focus of the department is to ensure the safety and security needs of nuclear weapons in normal and abnormal thermal environments\. The department offers a spectrum of computational and experimental capabilities, combined with a problem\-solving focus, for addressing fire\-related challenges throughout the government, civilian, and industrial sectors\. Efforts in the computational arena include development of physics\-based subgrid models for phenomena important to fire dynamics, fire suppression and fire detection\. The department maintains and operates state\-of\-the\-art facilities for large\-scale radiant heat, open\-air, and enclosed fire testing\. These facilities are used in conjunction with new diagnostics and experimental capabilities developed and employed to provide data for discovery, validation, and system qualification\. The group interacts extensively with complementary technical organizations within the Engineering Sciences Center and across the laboratory\. Staff members are also involved in national and international endeavors with colleagues in academia and government\.

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.