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Postdoctoral Appointee – Computational Mechanics - Sandia National Laboratories – Livermore, CA

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Livermore, California.  We are a
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Sandia National Laboratories is searching
for a Postdoctoral Appointee of
Computational Mechanics
to join the Mechanics of Materials Department
located at our Livermore, CA
facility.  This is a temporary, full-time
opportunity.  The selected candidate must
be able to obtain and maintain a DOE-granted, “Q-level” security clearance.
Security clearance is not required to start.


The Mechanics of Materials Department
performs experimental and analytical studies to characterize and predict the
mechanical behavior of materials, from atoms to continuum, specializing in
fracture and failure. Our experimental work covers the spectrum of discovery to
characterization to model validation. Motivated by observations, we develop
mathematical models to simulate material responses under various loading and
environmental conditions. The fidelity of our models and simulations varies
from atomic to continuum scales. Our experimental capabilities include
characterizing materials over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates,
developing microscale and nanoscale strain and displacement diagnostics, and
testing subsystems to support model validations. In addition, we develop
numerical methodologies so that our material models can be implemented in
high-performance computing simulations. 


A postdoctoral position is available for
an applied mechanics engineer with a strong background in computational
constitutive model development. The work will support our current projects in
the areas of continuum plasticity and failure modeling. The engineer will be
expected to implement models into Sandia computer codes for high-performance
computing simulations.  In addition, the
successful candidate will collaborate with structural analysts to apply these
advanced models to Sandia applications.


Post Doc Hiring Program

The Post-Doctoral Appointee Program is
designed to recruit outstanding Ph.D. applicants to assist a line organization
in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work
environment for the employee. The Ph.D. must have been conferred within one to
five years prior to employment. These assignments are for a one-year period,
with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five
additional one-year assignments. Extensions of up to six years require
employee's manager approval. Six years or greater requires employee's manager
and HR VP approval.



·   A Ph.D. in Engineering mechanics, mechanical
engineering, or a related field with an emphasis in solid mechanics

·   Significant experience in constitutive model
development, including large-deformation plasticity and damage mechanics

·   Strong communication skills

·   Ability to function in a team environment with other
developers, analysts, and department customers

·   Demonstrated ability to publish in technical journals

·   Proficient programming skills (C++ or FORTRAN)



·   Knowledge of materials science

·   Experience with large general purpose computer codes
and parallel computing

·   Background in computational inelasticity

·   Familiarity with multiscale and multiphysics coupling


Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy
DOE-granted Q-level security clearance.


Sandia is required by DOE directive to
conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference
checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education
verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a
DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.


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 the
DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in
termination of employment. 



To learn more about this position and to
apply online, please visit us at, click Advanced Search and reference Job Opening ID


U.S. Citizenship Normally
Required.  Equal Opportunity
Employer.  M/F/D/V.


Great opportunity, Mota. A great one for US citizens :)

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