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Thermal Research and Mechanical Engineering Postdoctoral Appointee

Livermore, CA 94550
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This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


**Are you passionate about your work and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions?** **Do you enjoy collaborating with dynamic, multidisciplinary research teams?**

We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral appointee with engineering experience. You will support the fundamental development and realization of rotating air-cooled heat exchangers (RHX) for applications in building technologies, including solid-state lighting cooling, solar PV inverter thermal management, and non-vapor compression refrigeration heat exchangers. Your work will include a wide range of R&D activities combining computational fluid dynamic modeling, laboratory flow and heat transfer measurements, device fabrication, and design for manufacturability. You will be part of a highly multidisciplinary team, and are comfortable acquiring new skills on an as-needed basis.

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

+ Develop mechanical designs;
+ Build and test the thermal performance of prototype RHX and compare to conventional benchmarks;
+ Calibrate and validate computational models;
+ Collaborate with industry partners;
+ Mentor undergraduate summer interns and graduate students;
+ Present at conferences and communicate results in peer-reviewed literature.

To be successful in this role, you have creative problem-solving skills, both abstract and concrete thinking, highly effective team work and interpersonal relations, and excellent oral and written communication. A strong work ethic and a passion for practical high-impact innovation are important.


You have the following:

+ Ph.D. in mechanical, product, or thermal engineering, robotics, physics, or related field.
+ Expertise in design, assembly, and characterization of thermo/mechanical systems.


You also have one, or more, of the following:

+ Knowledge of experimental methods in heat transfer and fluid dynamics, including thermography.
+ Understanding of rotary machines and design concerns such as wear, fatigue and tribology.
+ Experience with CAD software such as SolidWorks including SolidWorks Simulation or equivalent.
+ Familiarity computational modeling of fluid dynamics and solid mechanics (e.g. CFD and structural FEA).
+ Expertise in mathematical modeling and parametric optimization (e.g. Python, Mathematica, MATLAB) and ability to quickly perform order-of-magnitude analyses.
+ Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance.

Department Description:

The Energy Innovation Department (08356) is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working on fundamental scientific research and technology development that support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse portfolio of work includes the development of hydrogen as a practical clean fuel source, novel approaches to thermal management, and plasma-materials interactions for magnetic fusion energy. We collaborate actively with other departments, often contributing innovative but practical mechanical and electrical designs. Members of our team also invented the Sandia Cooler (recipient of R&D 100 award) and have demonstrated its utility for high-power solid-state lighting and other applications, as well as TwistAct that can improve electrical power handling in large wind turbines.

More broadly, the Energy Innovation Department is part of the Chemistry, Materials, and Combustion Center at Sandia/California. This center is home to much of the materials science research at the laboratory, and includes a variety of world-class materials characterization capabilities.

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) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.

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: 2019-09-13 Expires: 2019-10-14

 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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