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Open Position: Applied Mechanics R&D Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California

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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an entry or experienced Ph.D-level R&D Mechanical Engineer/Applied Mechanics Researcher with a focused background in computational solid mechanics. Your work will involve developing constitutive theory and the software tools to model material inelasticity and damage evolution up to and including failure. Additional topical areas might include: element technology, mesh adaptivity w/mapping, regularized fracture/failure, multiscale/multiphysics coupling, contact mechanics, and novel numerical methods. You will implement and verify models and methods in Sandia computer codes for high-performance computing simulations, and explore the validity of these approaches in collaboration with a diverse team of researchers and analysts. You will work within a cooperative team environment to apply these advanced models to Sandia applications.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD degree in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace, Engineering Mechanics, or other applicable engineering discipline

  • Demonstrated educational or professional experience in computational solid mechanics

  • Ability to hold a US DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment

  • Experience in constitutive model development under large deformations

  • Fundamental understanding of the finite element method

  • Proficiency in a code development environment

  • Demonstrated experience publishing peer-reviewed journal articles

About Our Team

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.

Hiring Manager

Jakob Ostien

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.


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.


Appy here:     Job ID: 672049

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