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R&D, Computer Science (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 helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nations security!

We are seeking a full-time staff member with a focus on computational solid mechanics, structural dynamics, and machine learning to join a diverse software development team. Application areas include large-deformation, large-strain, high-velocity impact scenarios for large-scale finite element models of complex multi-component structures. Working knowledge of constitutive models, parallel processing, contact mechanics, and analyst sensibilities may be the ideal candidate. A strong background in the areas of computational mechanics, C++ software development, and high-performance computing. You will assist in developing computational solid mechanics algorithms on current and next generation hardware for a wide range of anticipated use cases support the nuclear deterrence (ND) mission. Expected outcomes include robust verified software, documentation, example problems, conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications and significant interactions with Sandia staff in material science, computational science and solid mechanics.

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

+ Develop C++ software of computational solid mechanics capabilities in a large-scale finite element-based application (SIERRA-SM and SIERRA-SD) towards supporting mission critical use cases in normal, abnormal, and hostile environments.
+ Create test cases for verification, performance at scale, and unit level foundational components will be expected and necessary to support the maintenance and development.
+ Work in partnership with computational analysts in solid mechanics to solve large scale problems of national interest.
+ Coordinate and interact with Sandia staff in mechanics, computational science, and material science. Prepare presentation materials and theory documents as part of conference presentations and journal publications

Join our team and attain your dreams while making a difference!


+ PhD in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related discipline
+ Experience in computational mechanics, machine learning, and mathematics.
+ Experience with C++ software development
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance


+ Good presentation and technical writing skills
+ Good teaming skills for working with and within multiple teams
+ Experience with contact mechanics, plasticity, material modeling, numerical analysis, and/or mesh-free methods
+ Experience with high performance parallel computing

Department Description:

The Department develops advanced, massively parallel simulation codes for solid mechanics and structural dynamics. This includes the development of advanced linear and nonlinear solution algorithms, contact mechanics, finite element formulations, and research in advanced computational algorithms for continuum and noncontinuum mechanics.

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.


Posted: 2019-12-26 Expires: 2020-01-26

 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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