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Experimental Mechanics Position available at Sandia National Labs, Livermore, CA

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The Mechanics of Materials Department performs experimental and analytical studies to understand the mechanical behavior of materials. Our experimental work covers the entire discoverycharacterization-
validation spectrum. Motivated by observations, we develop models to simulate material responses under various loading and environmental conditions. The fidelity of our models and simulations vary from atomic to continuum scales corresponding to the requirement of Sandia applications. Accuracy of the models for specific applications is validated by experimental data. Numerical codes are developed to allow implementation of the
material models for high performance computing simulations.

The highly motivated scientist or engineer with expertise in experimental mechanics will work as a part of a diverse team in our state-of-the-art laboratories. The applicant is expected to develop and apply experimental research methods in one or more of several research areas, including: material model development, failure
model development, rate-dependent material effects and advanced experimental methods/diagnostic technique development.


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

- Minimum of three years of laboratory research experience.

- Proven ability to lead or participate in research projects with a
diverse group of people.

- Project management skills, specifically related to directing
technicians, overseeing budget, and completing work within time

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential as
is a record of accomplishments that are documented by
publications and presentations.

- Extensive knowledge of experimental research methods and
proven laboratory expertise are required.

- Expertise and a developed interest in one or more of several
research areas are necessary, including: material model
development, failure model development and rate-dependent
material effects

- U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain a DOE (Q) security clearance is required.


- Experience on a variety of mechanical test frames, particularly

- Experience in any high rate experimentation, including
Hopkinson Bar.

- The ability to work independently in a complex and dynamic
laboratory environment.

- Interest in advancing the department's experimental capabilities
as evidenced by a strong history of developing new experimental

- Working experience in polymer composites as well as exposures
to micro and nano scales experiments.


To submit an application for these jobs, please contact please contact Er-Ping (Tony) Chen at above and/or visit the URL:

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