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R&D Computer Science - Plasma Physics (Experienced)

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? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nations security?

You could be the extraordinary Plasma Physics Computer Scientist we are seeking to invent, develop, and apply advanced computational methods for the simulation of low temperature plasmas. On-going modeling and code development efforts are part of a state-of-the-art massively parallel Particle-In-Cell code. This Sandia proprietary code is used to model plasma generation through vacuum arc breakdown and the simulation of transient plasma generation and transport under non-equilibrium conditions using several advanced computer science algorithms to accommodate large variations in spatial and temporal scales. You can expect a dynamic collaborative environment where physics models and code development occurs in unison with validation and verification efforts as well as direct application to real world problems relevant to Sandias mission.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

+ Perform research and development to advance the plasma simulation capability on tasks which leverage your skills and experience.
+ Support model/algorithm development and implementation in a workflow that is tightly coupled to verification and validation efforts.
+ Participate in theoretical and/or computational research to further scientific knowledge on plasma generation, transient plasma behavior, and plasma transport under non-equilibrium conditions.
+ Actively seek peer review of research through presentation and publication of results within Sandia and the broader computational plasma physics community.
+ Collaborate with internal and external plasma physicists to understand modeling needs and priorities as well as emerging plasma simulation techniques.

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


+ Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or other related science or engineering field
+ Demonstrated experience with theoretical and/or computational plasma physics
+ Record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations within the plasma science community
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship


+ Experience developing computational simulation methods for modeling physical phenomena associated with plasma flow, generation and transport
+ Experience using or developing computer science algorithms for particle-based PIC or direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and/or particle-fluid (hybrid) codes
+ Familiarity/Experience with a modern programming language, particularly C or C++.
+ Demonstrated ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams
+ Desire to solve real-world problems and understand how plasma physics affect a complicated system
+ Demonstrated ability to perform experiments and/or interact with experimentalists is highly desired

Department Description:

The Thermal/Fluid Component Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories provides a wide range of fluid modeling and analysis, and experimental discovery and validation support in discipline areas such as: incompressible flow, porous flow, reactive flow, multiphase flow, thermal/fluid coupling, suspensions, plasma physics, and rarefied gas dynamics. The department supports activities spanning the entire research-design-analysis spectrum, from creating fundamental physical models, to developing computational algorithms and codes, to applying these models and codes to solve fluid and plasma problems in a wide range of applications.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-08-14 Expires: 2019-09-14

 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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