We are seeking an Electrical Engineer to conduct advanced research in the field of pulsed-power-accelerator physics.
Key functions of this role will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conducting accelerator-physics experiments on Sandia’s 85-terawatt 26-megampere Z accelerator and other pulsed-power machines.
Developing new pulsed-power components, systems, and accelerators.
Developing mathematical models of pulsed-power components, systems, and accelerators.
Performing analytic calculations and numerical simulations.
Publishing results in premier peer-reviewed physics and engineering journals.
The principal goals of these activities will be to improve the understanding of accelerator physics; apply the understanding to the development of advanced accelerator technology; use the technology to upgrade Z and other pulsed-power machines; and establish the technical foundation upon which we will build next-generation pulsed-power accelerators in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national-security mission.
The experimental component of the work outlined above will be conducted in pulsed-power laboratory environments, and will involve hazards that include, but are not limited to, the following: high voltage, high current, high-energy capacitors, high-power lasers, x-ray radiation, neutron radiation, radioactive materials (such as tritium and activated stainless steel), nuclear materials (such as plutonium and uranium), beryllium, high gas pressures, vacuum systems, chemical explosives, explosive gases (such as hydrogen), asphyxiating gases (such as sulfur hexafluoride, nitrogen, helium, and hydrogen), cryogenic systems, toxic chemicals, chemical solvents, elevated work platforms, ladders, confined spaces, large and heavy pieces of equipment, overhead cranes, forklifts, open water tanks, open oil tanks, powered hand tools, disk grinders, and manual tools.
Ph.D. in engineering, physics, or a related field; or both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in engineering, physics, or a related field, and two or more years of experience; or a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, physics, or a related field, and five or more years of experience.
Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy Q-level security clearance.
Outstanding academic record.
A publication record that includes first-author peer-reviewed journal articles in engineering, physics, or a related field.
Experience defining and solving challenging, complex problems in a timely manner.
Advanced experimental skills.
Advanced analytic skills.
Advanced computational skills.
Advanced interpersonal skills.
A strong desire to apply the principles of engineered safety to the work we do.
A strong desire to work in the field of advanced accelerator physics.
A strong desire to work in a fast paced and technically challenging research environment.
A strong desire to work as a team member in large state-of-the-art pulsed-power facilities.
Experience applying the principles of engineered safety to laboratory activities.
Experience in the field of advanced accelerator physics.
Experience working in a fast paced and technically challenging research environment.
Experience working as a team member in large state-of-the-art pulsed-power facilities.
Experience designing and fielding advanced pulsed-power components and systems.
Experience working with electrical, mechanical, pressure, vacuum, and diagnostic systems.
Active U.S. Department of Energy Q-level security clearance.
The Advanced Accelerator Physics Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM develops the world's most advanced pulsed-power-accelerator technology. We apply the technology to the development of superpower accelerators; i.e., those that deliver a multi-terawatt electromagnetic pulse to a physics package that serves as the load of the accelerator. Various types of loads are fielded by the user community, who conduct inertial-confinement-fusion, material-science, weapon-effects, radiation-physics, laboratory-astrophysics, and other high-energy-density-physics experiments in support of a wide variety of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs.
We conduct accelerator-physics experiments on Sandia's Z machine, which generates an 85-terawatt 26-megampere 100-nanosecond electrical-power pulse. (The steady-state electrical-power-generating capacity installed worldwide is 5 terawatts.) Z is - by far - the world's largest and most powerful pulsed-power accelerator. Z experiments routinely deliver megajoules of electrical energy with nanosecond precision to a physics load. Z-pinch loads driven by the Z accelerator, which are among the world's most powerful x-ray sources, radiate as much as 2.2 megajoules and 330 terawatts in a 5 nanosecond pulse.
We also conduct experiments on a number of other pulsed-power machines that are owned and operated by the Advanced Accelerator Physics Department. The machines generate peak electrical powers that range from 5 gigawatts to 500 gigawatts. The experiments are establishing the technical foundation that will be necessary to develop next-generation pulsed-power accelerators, such as Thor, Neptune, and Jupiter.
Thor will be a 200-kilojoule 1-terawatt pulsed-power accelerator that generates pressures on the order of 1 megabar for advanced material-physics experiments. Neptune will be a 5-megajoule 28-terawatt machine that generates pressures on the order of 10 megabars. Jupiter will be a 140-megajoule 960-terawatt accelerator that delivers 67 megamperes and 9 megajoules to a physics load. The principal goal of Jupiter will be to achieve high-yield thermonuclear fusion; i.e., a fusion yield that exceeds the electrical energy initially stored by the machine.
In addition to conducting accelerator-physics experiments, we develop mathematical models of pulsed-power components, systems, and accelerators, and perform analytic calculations and numerical simulations.
The principal goals of the work we do are to improve the understanding of accelerator physics; apply the understanding to the development of advanced accelerator technology; use the technology to upgrade Z and other pulsed-power machines; and establish the technical foundation upon which we will build next-generation pulsed-power accelerators in support of DOE's national-security mission.
We publish the results of our work in premier peer-reviewed physics and engineering journals, and are committed to maintaining a strong publication record.
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
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, bio...technology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for a Manager for the Semiconductor Device Sciences Department for the Albuquerque facility. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.