Job Title: Postdoctoral Appointee Topology/Shape/Inverse Optimization

Location of Position: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Employing Institution: Sandia National Laboratories

About Sandia: Our culture values work-life balance; we offer flexible work schedules like a 9/80 or 4/10 alternative work week, part-time options and telecommuting opportunities - with management approval, on-site fitness and medical facilities, and three weeks of vacation. Sandia provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and a 401(k) with company-match.

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. 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, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

What Your Job Will Be Like: Are you looking to join a team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? We have two teams that are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to develop state-of-the-art methods for solving computational mechanics optimization problems in several areas. This includes inverse problems, design of experiments, and computational design and optimization as well as topology and shape optimization.

Depending on team and focus, on any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Develop fundamental algorithm research on inverse methods, design of experiments, shape and topology optimization oriented towards C++ implementation in a massively parallel computing environment.
  • Team across computational and experimental groups at Sandia to fuse test data and simulations for parameter estimation, computational non-destructive evaluation, and design of experiments.
  • Implement research ideas in a massively parallel C++ computing environment.
  • Work well with a team of people focused in this area of research.
  • Publish research in leading technical journals and present work at premier conferences and workshops.

Join our team and make a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

  • You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in engineering, mathematics, computational mechanics, or a related field
  • Experience with fields of optimization
  • Experience with scientific programming
  • Peer reviewed scientific publications and presentations
  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with C++ on high performance computing systems
  • Experience with computational mechanics in solid mechanics, structural dynamics, thermal analysis, and/or electromagnetics
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills
  • Experience in machine learning with an emphasis on optimization
  • Experience implementing algorithms on heterogeneous computing architectures

About Our Team: Simulation Modeling Sciences department 1543 enables credible design and analysis involving computational simulation and finite element method approaches for meshing, topology optimization, inverse optimization, metamaterials, and high performance computing I/O. We are part of Sandia’s CompSim organization 1540, teaming with others developing Solid Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, Thermal Fluids, V&V, uncertainty quantification, workflow, analyst interfaces, as well as DevOps support. Users rely upon these codes for the Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence mission, various other missions of the Laboratory, DoD, and industry partners. We team with other research programs at Sandia and sponsor research and development of critical modeling science applications within Sandia and at partner university programs. We help coordinate and engage the International Meshing Roundtable and Topology Optimization Roundtable.

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.

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.

Application Procedure: Apply direct online at:; Job #: 677207

Contact Information: Timothy Walsh, [email protected]