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Computational Structural Mechanics R&D Position available at Sandia National Labs, Livermore, CA

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The Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation Department at Sandia National Laboratories, California, is seeking a technical staff member to develop finite element-based simulation codes for linear and nonlinear solid mechanics and/or to perform solid mechanics and structural dynamics modeling and simulation. Typical departmental programs include: detailed analyses of weapon systems; design guidance of weapon components through analysis; development of forging and welding modeling capabilities; pressure vessel analysis including aging and failure; penetration modeling; ground shock and hydrodynamics modeling and simulations; failure model development and implementation (metals and composites); thermal and dynamic analysis of artillery projectiles; and electromagnetics and EM wave propagation analysis.

Job Description:
Analytical evaluations range from linear-elastic static to large deformation, non-linear structural dynamics to hydrodynamics to solid mechanics. In completing these evaluations the department uses a variety of state-of-the-art commercial and internally developed analytical tools. Analysts work closely with material science, experimental mechanics, and code development organizations in providing validated results.

Required / Desired Criteria:


- Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Mechanical, Civil, or Aerospace Engineering

- Strong educational background in solid mechanics and structural analysis

- Experience with structural and thermomechanical modeling and simulation tools (e.g., FEM)

- Ability to assess tool capabilities and limitations in selecting the appropriate methodology for model
development and simulation

- Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a team environment with other computational mechanics staff, analysts, mathematicians and computer science staff, experimentalists,
and customers

- Demonstrated ability to present and publish research work

- Demonstrated ability to effectively present work at meetings and in reports

- U. S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain a Department of Energy security clearance is required.


- Demonstrated experience in computational mechanics and code development for engineering
sciences applications

- Demonstrated C and C++ programming experience

- Experience with finite element methods, continuum and non-continuum mechanics, parallel algorithms, and/or contact mechanics

- Background in mechanical design

- Plasticity and material failure modeling experience

Some of the Benefits of Working at Sandia National Labs - California
Located in Livermore, a bustling Northern California city with a “small, hometown feel,” we enjoy close proximity to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, several world-class educational institutions, and diverse cultural and year-round recreational opportunities. Sandia provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401K with company-match, and a retirement pension plan. Our culture values work-life balance—by offering programs such as flexible work schedules with alternate Fridays off, on-site fitness facilities, three weeks of vacation, and more!

Please contact Mike Chiesa at or apply online at

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