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Job ID: 658552
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Continuum Plasma Modeling


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 join a team pursuing leading edge research in numerical methods for continuum plasma modeling for scientific applications.

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

+ Perform software development and numerical experimentation
+ Work with a multi-disciplinary team in an expanding, fast-paced technical environment

This position requires infrequent (1-2 times per year) travel.


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or a related area
+ Experience with computational formulations and solution methods for two or more of the following: electromagnetics, compressible fluid flow, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) or multi-fluid plasma physics
+ Experience with finite element methods for PDEs
+ Experience with software development in C++
+ Experience in a collaborative research environment on problems comprising diverse application domains
+ Evidence of strong research achievements in relevant technical areas as demonstrated in the form of technical publications, presentations, software tools, and/or knowledge of applications


+ Demonstrated strong background and expertise in numerical methods for partial differential equations with particular emphasis on hyperbolic problems and compressible plasma systems
+ Experience with computational models for magnetic confinement fusion applications or magnetic implosion dynamics with relevance to z-pinch devices
+ Some experience with hybrid continuum / kinetic algorithms and/or modeling for plasma physics systems
+ Some experience in the application of uncertainty quantification (UQ) methods to complex computational models
+ Strong proficiency with scientific software development
+ Excellent communication skills

The Computational Mathematics Department (01442) conducts research in computational and applied mathematics motivated by science and engineering applications of interest to Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy. Members of the department interact and collaborate with a broad range of Sandia and DOE staff and also maintain a research presence in the external professional community by collaborating with universities and industry, publishing peer-reviewed literature, participating in professional societies, and refereeing and editing for journals.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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