Electromagnetic Plasma Postdoctoral Appointee
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7100736 (Ref #: 683420)
- Posting Date: May 24, 2022
Job DescriptionPosting Duration: 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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to advance our research in numerical methods for simulation of electromagnetic plasmas and related phenomena. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to simulation model and algorithm development for collisional plasma simulation using kinetic, fluid, and/or hybrid representations. Particular interest areas for us include non-equilibrium flows, breakdown phenomena, and interactions with ionizing radiation. This research will go towards expanding the capabilities of our plasma simulation software, EMPIRE, to help our team meet Sandia’s broad mission needs. The algorithms developed will also be targeted towards exascale simulation and portable performance on the next generation of the Department of Energy’s advanced-technology supercomputers. Simulations of spark discharge and Magnetically Insulated Transmission Line flows for pulsed power are two target applications that will exploit these capabilities. Journal publications, conference presentations, and Sandia mission impact will be expected from this research. Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference! Qualifications We Require: + PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, physics, or closely related engineering field + Programming experience in scripting languages (Python, shell, etc.) + Experience in numerical methods for collisional plasma physics, e.g., Particle-In-Cell (PIC), Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and/or Monte Carlo Collision (MCC) methods, and fluid representations + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Scientific programming experience in C+ + + Strong background in mathematics and simulation for low-temperature and/or non-equilibrium plasma physics + Demonstrated ability to work with others and contribute in a team environment + Outstanding communication skills + Willingness to develop expertise in different areas of electromagnetics and plasma physics About Our Team: The Plasma Theory & Simulation department performs research and software development in support of advanced theory, modeling, simulation, and analysis to address a broad range of plasma physics applications at Sandia. We use the high-fidelity massively parallel software we develop to support Sandia’s nuclear deterrence mission and pulsed-power experimental facilities.
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.
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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. 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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO: 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. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 683420
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.