Postdoctoral Appointee - Photovoltaics Reliability Analysis

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7063361 (Ref.No. 671056)
Posted: February 4, 2020

Job Description

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. : Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security! You could be the highly motivated individual to support development of a multi-scale, multi-physics computational modeling capability for understanding photovoltaic module stressors and degradation modes. This work is part of DuraMAT, a Department of Energy consortia effort with a goal of discovering, developing, de-risking, and enabling the commercialization of new materials and designs for PV modules. Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to: + Develop and run finite element based, multi-physics computational analysis tools + Collaborate on multi-disciplinary teams, and with partner institutions from national labs, academia, and industry + Communicate results in scientific conferences, journal publications, and semi-annual consortia workshops

+ PhD, conferred within the two year's in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant engineering, computer, or physical science field + Experience with computational simulation tools and processes

+ Experience with geometry modeling and meshing tools + Previous experience with coupled multi-physics FEM software + Experience with scripting languages for pre- and post-processing and simulation code customization + Experience developing successful research proposals + Interest in photovoltaics packaging reliability research + Strong teaming skills and an ability to interact with colleagues with diverse technical backgrounds + Strong verbal and written communication skills

Department Description:

The Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department at Sandia National Laboratories conducts a broad range of technical activities focused on computational multi-physics analysis including thermodynamics, heat transfer, solid and fluid mechanics. Our work spans fundamental research and development to engineering analysis of applied problems. Our basic research activities focus on developing the scientific insights and physical models that will enhance our predictive simulation capabilities. Representative research areas include: radiation heat transfer, heat transfer in the presence of decomposing foams, heat transfer associated with fires (hydrocarbons, propellants, or composite materials), and the coupling of heat transfer with structural response and failure. Our engineering analyses support a wide variety of projects in the areas of environments specification, design, performance, and system safety across a range of applications of interest to Sandia. Representative projects include assessing thermal response for weapons’ safety, modeling and controlling thermal environments for space applications, solar thermal/chemical applications, and manufacturing processes. Projects range from small modeling efforts requiring rapid and agile turnaround to high consequence applications requiring large thermal models with heavy emphasis on credibility of model results by exercising and advancing sound V&V/UQ practices. We work closely with experimentalists and code developers to improve the fidelity of supporting tests and to ensure needed code functionality is available.

About Sandia:

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 + Extraordinary co-workers + 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: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

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.


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