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Postdoctoral Appointee - Experimental Aerosciences

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.


You could be the Postdoctoral Appointee we are seeking to support development and use of advanced spectroscopic diagnostics for experiments in Sandias Shock Tube and Shock Tunnel facilities. Additional research opportunities involving Sandias wind tunnels and energetic materials are possible.

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

+ Work with the mentorship of Sandia staff to design, conduct and analyze experiments as part of established research programs
+ Develop diagnostics for high-enthalpy flows in shock tubes and shock tunnels
+ Conduct experiments on high-speed multiphase flows focused on the shock wave ignition of reactive particulates
+ Utilize a combination of laser-based and surface sensor diagnostic techniques to realize project goals
+ Assist in the publication and presentation of results to the scientific community

Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference.


+ Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or other related engineering or natural science field.
+ Experience in the application or development of laser-based flow diagnostics such as laser absorption spectroscopy (LAS), planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), Raman-based scattering methods or similar measurement techniques.
+ Knowledge of compressible fluid mechanics.
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance


+ Experience in the design, development, and implementation of diagnostics in a shock tube, shock tunnel or wind tunnel laboratory.
+ Knowledge of instrumentation electronics and programming such as LabView and MATLAB.
+ Experience with surface measurement sensors.
+ Previous experience should demonstrate an ability to work safely and efficiently in a fast-paced research laboratory.
+ Other optical diagnostic skills such as X-Ray imaging and pyrometry
+ Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research
+ Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical backgrounds

Department Description:

The Aerosciences Department offers challenging and important work relating to national security in R&D and technology applications in aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, compressible fluid mechanics, and flight dynamics. Our primary mission supports U.S. Department of Energy Defense Programs, and aerosciences projects funded through the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA, NASA, and industry.

Our projects span the Mach number range from subsonic through hypersonic and involve systems ranging from aircraft released ordinance to reentry systems and rocket systems. Technical activities include experimental, analytical, and computational efforts plus support of flight test activities, both pre-flight/post-flight analyses and field test operations. The Aerosciences Department maintains a strong balance of research and development activities and works synergistically with other organizations at Sandia to meet current and future customer needs.

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 L-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 the 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, disability, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-09-05 Expires: 2019-10-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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