Job Title: Postdoctoral Appointee - Computational Solid Mechanics

Location of Position: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Employing Institution: Sandia National Laboratories

What Your Job Will Be Like: Are you passionate about research and development of novel numerical methods? We are seeking a dedicated and driven Postdoctoral Appointee with interests in rapid design-to-analysis techniques, large to extreme deformation mechanics, and multi-physics simulation! Experience with meshfree methods, such as the reproducing kernel particle method (RKPM), is desirable but not required. The selected candidate would work with a highly motivated team to design and implement methods for simulating problems in challenging application spaces including large deformations of foams and elastomers, impact/crash of complex mechanical systems, and the mechanical, thermal, and chemical responses of dynamically loaded energetic materials! On any given day, you may be required to perform key functions of the role to include:- Application of the principles of solid mechanics and use of advanced computational finite-element methods to provide engineering solutions- Prediction of complex, nonlinear material behavior from deformation to failure in multi-physics environments, and full-system scale finite element modeling of transient dynamic events (e.g. crash, crush and impact)- Collaborating closely with other computational and experimental mechanics specialists- Partnering with staff in the multi-physics code development teams to drive technical innovation to robust predictive capabilities- Working with internal customers on technical details of projects, discussing simulation results, and negotiating deliverables.

About Our Team: The Solid Mechanics Department applies its expertise in computational solid mechanics to provide the best engineering solutions to our customers. A principal activity is the application of advanced computational mechanics finite-element programs, including SNL developed codes running on massively parallel computers. The department has expertise in complex material response, large deformation mechanics and system level analyses of quasi-static and transient dynamic events.

Position Information: This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

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 L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO: 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.

Qualifications We Require: 

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or related field – Ph.D. is required to start- Experience in nonlinear computational mechanics
  • Experience in research, development, and programming of numerical methods such as finite element or meshfree methods
  • Record of research as demonstrated by conference presentations and journal publications
  • The ability to obtain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in large to extreme deformation solid mechanics
  • Experience with multi-physics (e.g. thermal, chemical, mechanical) computational mechanics
  • Experience with Sierra Solid Mechanics and/or commercial large-scale finite element software
  • Proficiency in C++ and Python software development, code verification, and modern software quality practices
  • Experience in high-performance scientific computer programming
  • Interest in impacting applications and customers in support of DOE missions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

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