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Postdoctoral Appointee - Process and Performance Modeling of Additively Manufactured Materials and Structures

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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  • Mechanical Engineering - Applied Mechanics
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Job ID: 657594
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Process and Performance Modeling of Additively Manufactured Materials and Structures


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support on-going research and development activities in metal-additive manufacturing.

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

+ Development and application of the principles of solid and thermal mechanics and use of advanced computational finite-element methods
+ Working with a multidisciplinary team of material scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists
+ Promoting program visibility by maintaining an active publication record and participating in national and international scientific meetings


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering or related field
+ Experience with metal-additive manufacturing to include techniques such as selective laser melting (SLM) or process and performance modeling of laser-based metal-additively manufactured materials and structures
+ Experience with one or more of the following:

- Solid mechanics including large deformation continuum mechanics
- Material mechanics including anisotropic elasticity, plasticity theory, material failure modeling including fracture mechanics
- Thermal mechanics including heat conduction, heat transfer, radiation, and solidification
- Multiscale material mechanics including knowledge of crystalline deformation mechanisms, grain-scale crystal plasticity, homogenization theory including RVE (representative volume element) analysis and self-consistent schemes
+ Experience with computational mechanics including nonlinear finite-element analysis
+ Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Knowledge of x-ray computed tomography
+ Knowledge of thermal imaging
+ Experience in texture analysis in polycrystalline materials
+ Knowledge of residual-stress measurement techniques including diffraction and relaxation techniques
+ Knowledge of inverse modeling, topology optimization, and uncertainty quantification (UQ) techniques
+ Experience in use of commercial finite-element software such as Abaqus or Ansys
+ Experience with Python, C++, Matlab
+ Proficiency in Latex

The Solid Mechanics Department applies its expertise in computational solid mechanics to provide the best engineering solutions to our customers. A principal activity is the application of advanced computational mechanics finite-element programs, including SNL developed codes running on massively parallel computers. The department has expertise in complex material response, large deformation mechanics and system level analyses of quasi-static and transient dynamic events.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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