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R&D Aeronautical Engineer - Hypersonics (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nations security!

We are seeking a R&D Aeronautical Engineer who is self-directed, results focused individual who has strong interpersonal skills to support lab-wide efforts focusing on the research, development, and application of aerodynamic and aero-thermal models for hypersonic reentry systems, atmospheric flight vehicles, and rocket systems. Hypersonics modeling staff will perform research, capability development, and analyses using analytical and computational techniques to design and analyze hypersonic vehicles. The responsibilities associated with this position span the spectrum of activities from research to development and applications.

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

+ Work with other researchers in the department over the complete capability development cycle of discover, model, validate and apply, developing new and extending existing hypersonics and ablation analysis capabilities as needed to deal with constantly evolving technical needs and requirements
+ You will be involved in supporting Sandias numerous flight test programs, working to analyze proposed vehicles to support design and analyze flight test data to validate computational models in support of these programs. It is expected that this experience will feed back into the capability development cycle
+ You will show demonstrated proficiencies and interest in modeling research spanning multiple fields, including nonequilibrium high speed flowfield modeling, fluid structure interactions, aero-thermodynamics, and material thermal response.


+ Masters degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or other related engineering or natural science field or a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other related field
+ Experience with computational fluid dynamics, thermal protection materials, or a closely related field
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Experience with a high-level programming language such as C, C++, or FORTRAN
+ Experience with Matlab, Python, and other scripting languages
+ Proficiency with grid generation software
+ Experience with model development for high speed flows
+ Experience with computational approaches (finite element, finite difference, and finite volume methods) for CFD simulations of compressible High Reynolds number flows
+ Experience working on a diverse multi-disciplinary team and familiarity with next-generation computing programming models (e.g. OpenMP, CUDA, Kokkos)
+ You should have strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to interact well with fellow technical workers with diverse technical background

Department Description:

The Aerosciences Department of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-09-29 Expires: 2020-11-22

 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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