Postdoctoral Appointee - Wind Farm Wake Dynamics

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7063454 (Ref.No. 670989)
Posted: February 11, 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. : We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee with experience as a R&D Aerospace Engineer, Atmospheric Scientist, Computer Scientist, or Data Scientist to work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop and apply a high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulation of turbulent atmospheric flow interactions with wind turbine plants. The capability will be developed within the framework of an object-oriented, massively parallel, computational mechanics code. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with a dynamic team of researchers, numerical methods developers, math model developers, and wind energy analysts working to solve challenging multi-physics problems; + Be assigned computational model and algorithmic development and implementation tasks, as well as tasks related to verification and validation of the simulation capability.

**Qualifications We Require** + A Ph.D. in engineering, atmospheric science, applied mathematics or computer science + Demonstrated experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) + Knowledge of software design, implementation, and testing + The ability to obtain and maintain and DOE L-level security clearance

**Qualifications We Desire** + Experience in incompressible flow CFD methods, mesh generation and turbulence modeling approaches (RANS, LES, DES, Hybrid RANS-LES etc.) + Experience in modeling wind turbines aerodynamics, atmospheric flows and fluid-structure interactions + Experience with parallel programming (Shared and Distributed memor, GPU programming, etc.) + Demonstrated experience with distributed memory MPI programming + Excellent C++ programming experience + Experience with collaborative software design, development, and testing processes + Application of statistical methods, data analytics, or machine learning to rich experimental or computational data sources

Department Description:

The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, wake physics, system reliability, system integration, verification and validation of performance models, and model uncertainty quantification. The department partners with universities in the areas of composite materials, aero-dynamics, probabilistic analysis, and embedded control sensors and actuators. Department activities range from computer based design and analysis, lab testing of components, to full scale testing of wind blades at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX.

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:

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 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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