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Postdoctoral Appointee Job Opportunity-Sandia National Labs

Postdoctoral Appointee - Computational Mechanics and Shock/Impact Physics Analyst

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.

The Mechanics of Materials Department is seeking a postdoctoral computational analyst to perform simulations of shock, impact, and blast loading in support of national security-related programs. The analyst will utilize Sandia computational codes and high-performance computational platforms to perform the simulations. The analyst will collaborate with Sandia code development teams, with customers in other Sandia groups, and with experimentalists conducting related experiments.




  • PhD degree in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace, Mechanics or other related discipline
  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools; ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations when selecting and utilizing tools to perform simulations
  • Ability to communicate results effectively in oral and written forms
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q clearance


  • Evidence of relevant and exceptional research achievements as demonstrated in the form of technical publications, presentations, software tools, and/or knowledge of applications
  • Skilled at utilizing high-performing computing resources for performing large-scale simulations
  • Knowledge of shock and impact physics
  • Technical background in solid or fluid mechanics, electromechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, materials science, or related areas
  • Ability to plan and carry out complex experiments or to interact as an analyst with those conducting experiments
  • Experience with code development for complex computational tools, preferably as part of a team
  • Proficiency in C++ or Fortran programming

Department Description:

The Mechanics of Materials Department performs experimental and analytical studies to characterize and predict the thermal-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. We develop numerical methodologies so that our material models can be implemented in high-performance computing simulations. Our experimental capabilities include characterizing materials over a wide range of temperatures and strain rates, developing micro- and nanoscale strain and displacement diagnostics, and testing subsystems to support model validations.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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