Date Posted: Jan 31, 2019
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. : The Energy Innovation Department is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Appointee to work on-site at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, CA. You will be an active team member supporting SNL activities in the Boundary Physics and Materials Interaction Center. Sandia's Fusion program is involved in the study of the critical boundary physics of the tokamak scrape-off-layer and divertor, including the optimization of plasma performance using advanced divertor structures and boundary control techniques, the relationship between particle and heat fluxes to plasma facing components, and the interactions of the boundary particle flux with plasma facing materials. You will assist Sandia on-site scientific staff with the operation and development of edge diagnostics, including arrays of edge mounted Langmuir probes, fast thermocouples, and H-microsensors for measuring charge-exchange neutrals. You will document your contributions through scientific publications and collaborate with on-site and off-site researchers working with DIII-D. Many research topics are available for study. A broad research community of DIII-D scientists and collaborators around the world utilize this facility and contribute to the rich working environment at DIII-D. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop experimental plans for DIII-D runtime (or piggyback time) to investigate the plasma boundary and its behavior under a variety of conditions. + Present results and experimental plans at design reviews and DIII-D group meetings, including presentations at scientific conferences. + Publish research in scientific journals, including analysis of data for collaborating authors. + Operate the Sandia-managed diagnostics during DIII-D operations, including collaborating with the lead experimenter and DIII-D operations personnel. + Setup, test, and configure the electronics for experiments. + Perform maintenance on the diagnostics, including in-vessel refurbishment and repair of components. + Develop software to aid in acquisition and analysis of data from the Sandia managed diagnostics. + Partner with a diverse and international group of DIII-D collaborators.
You have the following: + Ph.D. in the physical sciences (Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, or Astrophysical Sciences) or engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace, Nuclear, or Electrical Engineering) + Experience in plasma physics or edge plasma diagnostics. + Familiarity with laboratory equipment, programming languages, and data reduction and analysis. + A record of academic achievement through independent research worthy of journal publication.
You also have one, or all, of the following: + Experience working in a team environment and journal article publications of your research + Experience collaborating with international partners + Research awards or other recognition + Background in material science and/or plasma-surface interactions + Familiarity with how to safely use power supplies + Ability to write or modify computer codes in UNIX, IDL, or Python i + Experience with mechanical design, electrical design, and vacuum techniques
The Energy Innovation Department (08366) is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working on fundamental scientific research and technology development that support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This work encompasses diverse set of topics, including the development of hydrogen as a practical clean fuel source, novel approaches to thermal management, as well as plasma-materials interactions for magnetic fusion energy. Projects range from the surface science of hydrogen storage materials to more applied engineering of hydrogen energy infrastructure. The department also leads complementary hydrogen-in-materials research supported by DOE’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. This work spans the breadth of basic plasma studies to major efforts in the plasma-material interactions and fusion nuclear science. More broadly, the Energy Innovation Department is part of the Chemistry, Materials, and Combustion Center at Sandia/California. This center is home to much of the materials science research at the laboratory, and includes a variety of world-class surface science and microscopy capabilities.
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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
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.