Postdoctoral Appointee - Wind Energy Sustainable Materials
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7079875 (Ref #: 676856)
- Posting Date: Jun 11, 2021
Job DescriptionThis 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. : This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee in the Wind Energy Department. This position will involve identification and assessment of sustainable material approaches for fiber-reinforced polymer composite systems to be used in wind turbine blades. Life cycle analyses will be performed to recommend the best near-term and long-term approaches for enabling a circular economy of composite wind turbine blades. Tasks include characterization of future waste market streams as well as identification of alternative material and design approaches for wind turbine blade end-of-life considerations. The position involves working with a dynamic team of scientists and researchers and wind energy analysts working to solve challenging problems that move the wind industry forward in support of the Department of Energy mission. On any day, you may be called on to: + Perform lifecycle carbon analyses for various polymer and fiber reinforcement material approaches used in wind turbine blade production + Characterize likely market sectors for wind turbine blade waste + Analyze alternative material and design approaches for wind turbine blades to enable a higher-value circular economy for blade waste + Use a variety of computational tools for system analysis + Communicate research results effectively through written, oral, and other creative media methods to appropriate partners, including the funding customer
+ A PhD in Engineering, Physics or an equivalent field
+ Research experience in sustainable material design and assessment, including bio-derived materials + Understanding of composite material design and processing, for carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polymers + Capabilities in system analysis methods and computational tools, particularly those related to carbon lifecycle analysis + Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify research objectives and develop clear solutions to complex problems while using sound judgment in drawing conclusions + Proven ability to work well in teams with diverse skills and backgrounds and be proactive and creative in solving problems that arise + Excellent time-management skills including the ability to prioritize work to set and meet reasonable target dates
The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, blade materials research, wake physics, system reliability, system integration, verification and validation of performance models, and model uncertainty quantification. For power systems research, the department conducts R&D in support of integrating wind energy into transmission and distribution grids, and microgrids through modeling and simulation activities. Department activities range from computer based design and analysis, lab testing of components, to full scale testing of wind blades at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX.
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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical 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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
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.