The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
9 days old
2017-12-052018-01-05

Postdoctoral Appointee - Petroleum/Chemical/Mechanical Engineer

Albuquerque, NM
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The Geotechnology & Engineering Org has a need for a Petroleum/Chemical/Mechanical Engineer to provide technical support for projects involving crude oil storage, processing, transportation, and testing\.



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



+ Gather, analyze, and interpret thermodynamic and physical property data and present these findings in technical reports for a research study investigating crude oil properties relevant to storage, handling, and transportation safety;

+ To work within multi\-disciplinary teams and provide high\-quality technical analyses, reports, and communication products for the team and for the customer;

+ Organize and reduce a range of thermodynamic and physical property data for crude oils collected by Sandia relating to vapor pressure, composition, and properties associated with safety in handling, storage, and transportation;

+ Operate commercial process simulator model UNISIM to perform simulations of crude oil phase behavior and physical properties based on compositional and/or boiling point input data;

+ Assist with QA/QC monitoring on sample collection in the field and sample analysis in the laboratory\. May require some travel to field and/or laboratory sites in US and Canada;

+ Evaluate correlations and self\-consistency among crude oil properties \(vapor pressure, composition, pressure\-volume\-temperature\) derived from different sampling, analytical, and computational methods;

+ Co\-author technical reports and communication products across a variety of venues, to include internal project review/sponsor meetings, industry association meetings, technical conferences, publicly\-distributed Sandia research reports, and peer\-reviewed technical journals;

+ Utilize existing or develop new innovative methods to bridge gaps in capability or understanding in characterization of hydrocarbon fuels to improve safety in handling, transportation, and storage;

+ Participate in external committees and/or working groups to engage with other organizations including government agencies \(US DOE, US DOT, Transport Canada\) and industry groups \(e\.g\. American Petroleum Institute, Crude Oil Quality Association, Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association\) to leverage current knowledge and skills to provide effective solutions and apply best practices to technical problems that are common to all stakeholders;

+ Assist and/or lead development of proposals for new research that leverage capabilities at Sandia\.



_Must have the ability to travel to crude oil storage, processing, and testing facilities to oversee tests and communicate with field and laboratory personnel on purpose and intent of our work\._



Required:



+ PhD in Engineering \(Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental or Petroleum\), Chemistry, Physics or related discipline;

+ Ability to effectively communicate technical principles through written research reports as demonstrated through publications and verbal presentations at conferences;

+ Experience as a contributing member of a technical team that has defined customer needs, organized the work of the group, and delivered on commitments;

+ Experience with processing technical data or running numerical models using Excel, Matlab, Python, or equivalent\.



Desired:



+ Experience measuring and/or modeling vapor pressure and properties of vapor\-liquid equilibrium systems;

+ Experience running process simulation models \(UNISIM, HYSYS or equivalent\);

+ Experience running Equation of State models;

+ Working experience in crude oil sampling and in testing environment or laboratory analytical chemistry;

+ Demonstrated ability to run numerical models \(in\-house or commercial\) to process technical data and provide clear, concise output that can be used for technical communications or further processing;

+ Willingness to run and modify legacy FORTRAN, VBA, and Excel tools to keep them running and modernize as\-needed;

+ Proficiency in one or more engineering programming languages \(FORTRAN, C\-languages, Visual Basic, VBA, Python\) with demonstrated ability to develop and/or modify source code to meet project requirements;

+ Demonstrated ability to participate in a team environment and meet group deliverables and timeline requirements;

+ Demonstrated ability to develop effective solutions to complex technical problems that have meaningful impact to the customer;

+ Demonstrated ability to conduct and complete research independently;

+ Knowledge of current oilfield tools and techniques for testing and confirming field\-based property measurements in wells and piping, including density, flow, pressure, temperature, and vapor pressure;

+ Project management experience\.



Department Description:



Supports Crude Oil Characterization for Transport Safety and the USDOE Strategic Petroleum Reserve through Science and Engineering\. For example, hydrocarbon methods testing, cavern monitoring and characterization, and the development of numerical codes to simulate cavern development and operation\.



About Sandia:



Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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:



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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