We are seeking a Physicist to be responsible for the design, analysis, and optimization of experiments on Sandia’s Z machine and other experimental platforms. The experimental conditions span pressures up to 1000 GPa, phases from solids to dense plasmas, and the corresponding wide range in temperature.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Employ radiation magneto hydrodynamics simulation codes to advance experiments investigating properties of materials under strong dynamic compression
- Evolve existing experimental platforms and develop entirely new experimental concepts and analysis techniques
- Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences
- PhD in the physical sciences or engineering
- Experience with multi-physics simulations including magneto-hydrodynamics, hydrodynamics, radiation, and thermal conduction using ALEGRA, KULL or other similar codes
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance
- Technical competence in Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD) theory and simulations
- Experience working in the fields of material science or material physics including shock physics, high energy-density physics, equations of state, or constitutive properties
- Experience in working with experimental research and/or analyzing experimental data
- Experience with or knowledge of electromagnetic particle or hybrid codes or analysis, structural codes or analysis, or radiation transport codes or analysis
- Experience with MHD code development
- Self-motivation to work independently or as part of a diverse team, including project members from other NNSA labs and academic collaborators
- Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and reports, and in technical and project presentations
- Ability to think innovatively
Research within the High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) Theory Department 1641 spans a broad range of topics with a common theme of gaining an improved understanding of physical processes at normal as well as extreme conditions of high densities and/or temperatures, pressures, magnetic fields, and rapidly changing states. Major efforts of the department include developing simulations codes and high-fidelity material models with predictive capabilities together with designing dynamic material and plasma physics experiments for Sandia's Z Machine. Our research has both applied and fundamental dimensions – for example in the areas of electronic structure, shock physics, material science, planetary science and astrophysics.
More specifically, work at the department involves fundamental research in materials- and plasma physics: i) developing magneto-hydrodynamics simulation codes and applying them to study plasma physics and designing Z experiments; ii) developing and applying methods based on quantum mechanics, primarily Density Functional Theory and Quantum Monte Carlo, for developing both an improved understanding and quantitative models for materials properties; and iii) using and employing hybrid plasma simulation codes to study Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) effects and laser-matter interactions.
Current research areas include Dynamic Material properties/NNSA Science Campaigns, Quantum Monte Carlo within Basic Energy Sciences/DOE Office of Science, Sandia Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD), Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC), and the program for fundamental science experiments on the Z machine. The department has active collaborations with research groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory as well as with academic institutions in the US and in Europe, for example University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Harvard University, University of Rostock in Germany, Princeton University, Cornell University, and University of Texas at Austin.
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 with amazing impact 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, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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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 verification. 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.
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