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R&D Manager - Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification (1544)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Are you passionate about leading and developing teams that impact national security missions? Join our dynamic team and develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges! Our team is seeking a dynamic manager for the Verification & Validation (V&V), Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), and Credibility Processes Department. This role provides opportunities spanning project management, technical leadership, and teaming across the department functional areas, applying them to nuclear weapons (NW) design, analysis, and computational mechanics code teams. You may be called upon to engage in any of the following roles/activities in this role:

**Department/Group/Center Leadership**

+ Work closely with the 1540 management team and more broadly across management of computational simulation analysis groups in a wide range of planning, technical and business operations
+ Work closely with nuclear deterrence (ND) management teams to understand tactical and strategic needs as they relate to an increased reliance on modeling and simulation to support lab-wide programmatic goals (i.e. qualification)
+ Engage and understand ND program objectives for credibility and uncertainty quantification
+ Ensure that computational simulation analysis teams are well-supported in their efforts to ensure they have evidence for credibility in their results
+ Develop the appropriate balance between research, development, and application to steward the department's capabilities for the future, while ensuring customer's expectations and mission requirements are met
+ Coordinate staff recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, salary, and recognition and disciplinary actions
+ Champion and promote a diverse and inclusive department
+ Ensure a culture that promotes safety and security
+ Lead members of the workforce within the department, including supporting their professional and career development as staff members
+ Run day-to-day operational, technical, and administrative responsibilities of the department
+ Serve as a derivative classifier (DC)

**Technical Leadership**

+ Develop and manage relationships with management and staff in 1540, 1500 and throughout the laboratories
+ Provide technical leadership, working with a wide range of organizations to develop verification and validation capabilities, including modeling and simulation codes
+ Develop and maintain collaborative teaming relationships with managers across 1000 and other key partner organizations across the Laboratory
+ Participate in various Division 1000 and Laboratory initiatives
+ Develop and grow Sandia Partnership Projects (SPP) that align with Sandias mission and help grow the departments capabilities

**Programmatic Development and Leadership**

+ Provide programmatic leadership within the ASC Program in the areas of verification and validation methods
+ Program management for various projects within the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) V&V and ATDM program elements
+ Support program development and management for both ND and SPP customers, including other government agencies (e.g., DoD), industry (e.g., Goodyear) and other external collaborators (e.g., AWE)
+ Build and maintain partnerships with academia and professional societies in the specific area of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


+ PhD in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field or master's degree in STEM with equivalent experience
+ Five years of related science and engineering experience
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance


+ Minimum of 2 years of proven leadership experience
+ Experience or educational background in verification and validation methods and practice
+ Experience building and leading teams
+ Experience working with a variety of partners and customers
+ Experience with engineering science, computational science and software product development
+ Experience with project or program leadership
+ Participate in or lead an engineering team with a focus on computational analysis
+ Experience with or knowledge of Sandias nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and/or life extension programs
+ Research experience and a record of external engagement
+ A successful track record of program development activities
+ Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills
+ Experience working with or on the Accelerated Strategic Computing (ASC) verification and validation program

Department Description:

The mission of the V&V, UQ, Credibility Processes (1544) is to provide research, development, and application of mathematical and experimental techniques to assess the credibility of physics-based computational simulations. The multi-disciplinary team, experienced in simulation and experimentation, draws from a wide range of disciplines, including fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, radiation effects, solid and structural mechanics, heat transfer, numerical methods, optimization, statistics, and risk assessment, to support the laboratories' mission. Verification determines whether a computational model accurately represents the conceptual-mathematical model of a physical process, and that the computational model is solved accurately. This requires an exacting knowledge of models and their numerical approximations when implemented into codes. Validation determines, quantitatively, the degree of agreement between experimental data and simulation data, including their respective uncertainties. Uncertainty quantification is a key element of validation and it encompasses a wide range of mathematical and statistical analysis methods. The combination of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification establishes credibility in our computational models, which are then employed in making high-consequence risk-informed decisions. The analysis tools developed in 1544 can be used to (1) focus and prioritize research and development expenditures, (2) mitigate risk through exploration of system design alternatives, (3) optimize products and process in the presence of both uncertain and variable parameters, and (4) support risk-informed decision making based on statistically-quantified data.

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: 2021-01-05 Expires: 2021-02-05

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