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R&D Pulsed Power Physicist (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM
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We are seeking a Physicist to conduct advanced research in the field of pulsed\-power\-accelerator technologies\. The principal goals of these activities will be to improve the understanding of accelerator physics; apply the understanding to the development of advanced accelerator technology; use the technology to upgrade Z and other pulsed\-power machines; and establish the technical foundation upon which we will build next\-generation pulsed\-power accelerators in support of the U\.S\. Department of Energys national\-security mission\. You may be called upon to lead teams as well as act as a team member\. As befits your experience, you will be asked to mentor and train staff and technicians\.

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

+ Conduct accelerator\-physics experiments on Sandias 85\-terawatt 26\-megampere Z accelerator and other pulsed\-power machines
+ Develop new pulsed\-power components, systems, and accelerators
+ Develop mathematical models of pulsed\-power components, systems, and accelerators
+ Perform analytic calculations and numerical simulations
+ Publish results in premier peer\-reviewed physics and engineering journals

The experimental component of the work outlined above will be conducted in pulsed\-power laboratory environments, and will involve hazards that include, but are not limited to, the following: high voltage, high current, high\-energy capacitors, high\-power lasers, x\-ray radiation, neutron radiation, radioactive materials \(such as tritium and activated stainless steel\), nuclear materials \(such as plutonium and uranium\), beryllium, high gas pressures, vacuum systems, chemical explosives, explosive gases \(such as hydrogen\), asphyxiating gases \(such as sulfur hexafluoride, nitrogen, helium, and hydrogen\), cryogenic systems, toxic chemicals, chemical solvents, elevated work platforms, ladders, confined spaces, large and heavy pieces of equipment, overhead cranes, forklifts, open water tanks, open oil tanks, powered hand tools, disk grinders, and manual tools\.


+ BS and PhD in engineering, physics, or a related field plus 25 years experience
+ Prior experience in the design of large\-scale multi\-module pulsed power accelerators
+ Experience mentoring and training team members at various levels


+ Experience defining and solving challenging, complex problems in a timely manner
+ Advanced experimental, analytic, computational and interpersonal skills
+ A strong desire to apply the principles of engineered safety to the work we do
+ A strong desire to work in the field of advanced accelerator physics
+ A strong desire to work in a fast paced and technically challenging research environment
+ A strong desire to work as a team member in large state\-of\-the\-art pulsed\-power facilities
+ Experience applying the principles of engineered safety to laboratory activities
+ Experience in the field of advanced accelerator physics
+ Experience working in a fast paced and technically challenging research environment
+ Experience working as a team member in large state\-of\-the\-art pulsed\-power facilities
+ Experience designing and fielding advanced pulsed\-power components and systems
+ Experience working with electrical, mechanical, pressure, vacuum, and diagnostic systems

Department Description:

The Advanced Accelerator Physics Department develops the world's most advanced pulsed\-power\-accelerator technology\. We apply the technology to the development of superpower accelerators; i\.e\., those that deliver a multi\-terawatt electromagnetic pulse to a physics package that serves as the load of the accelerator\. Various types of loads are fielded by the user community, who conduct inertial\-confinement\-fusion, material\-physics, weapon\-effects, radiation\-physics, laboratory\-astrophysics, and other high\-energy\-density\-physics experiments in support of a wide variety of U\.S\. Department of Energy \(DOE\) programs\.

We conduct accelerator\-physics experiments on Sandia's Z machine, which generates an 85terawatt 26\-megampere 100\-nanosecond electrical\-power pulse\. We also conduct experiments on a number of other pulsed\-power machines with peak electrical powers that range from 5 gigawatts to 500 gigawatts\. The experiments are establishing the technical foundation that will be necessary to develop next\-generation pulsed\-power accelerators, such as Thor, Neptune, and Jupiter\. Thor will be a 190\-kilojoule 1\.2\-terawatt pulsed\-power accelerator that generates magnetic pressures as high as 200 gigapascals for advanced material\-physics experiments\. Neptune will be an 11megajoule 50\-terawatt machine that generates pressures on the order of 2 terapascals\. Jupiter will be a 140\-megajoule 960\-terawatt accelerator that delivers 67 megamperes and 9 megajoules to a physics load\. The principal goal of Jupiter will be to achieve high\-yield thermonuclear fusion; i\.e\., a fusion yield that exceeds the electrical energy initially stored by the machine\.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted security clearance\.

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications\. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to the work site\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE\-granted security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for DOE\-granted security clearances must be U\.S\. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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