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Postdoctoral Appointee - Component Science and Mechanics

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a diverse team that solves significant issues for our nations security! You could be the postdoctoral appointee the Component Science and Mechanics Department is seeking to work on research projects in the field of nonlinear structural dynamics. You will collaborate with a diverse and broad class of professionals including mechanical engineers, analysts, experimentalists, mathematicians and computer scientists to develop new methodologies and algorithms to analyze and understand the nonlinear dynamical response of engineering structures under complex loading conditions.

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

+ Use high performance computing platforms and massively parallel finite element software to simulate nonlinear structures.
+ Develop new numerical algorithms to solve dynamical systems
+ Investigate model order reduction strategies to enable efficient simulations of large-scale engineering models.
+ Work closely with the experimental engineers to develop test plans to validate new theories and/or predictions from numerical models.
+ Present novel developments both internally and externally at various meetings, seminars, and conferences.

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!


+ Ph.D. conferred within the last 5 years in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, or other related fields
+ Experience in structural mechanics and dynamics
+ Experience in computer programming
+ Record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance


+ Experience with development and implementation of numerical methods, and model order reduction methods
+ Research experience with nonlinear dynamical systems
+ Knowledge in contact mechanics and associated numerical algorithms
+ Knowledge of vibration testing and modal analysis
+ Ability to work independently

Department Description:

The Component Science and Mechanics Department provides state-of-the-art mechanics/dynamics research and science-based engineering solutions for component development. Computational and physical simulations, including solid mechanics and structural dynamics for both linear and nonlinear systems, are utilized in a multidisciplinary teaming environment. Focus areas for the department include nonlinear finite element analysis, nonlinear dynamics and vibration, interface mechanics, fracture mechanics, constitutive materials modeling including viscoelasticity, development of reduced order models, margin assessment and uncertainty propagation, and modeling of manufacturing processes including welding and additive manufacturing.

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:

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 Statement:

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.



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Posted: 2020-06-25 Expires: 2020-07-26

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