Postdoctoral Optical Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7071044 (Ref.No. 673681)
Posted: October 13, 2020

Job Description

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Appointee to join our dynamic team and execute complex, multi-disciplinary projects in nuclear proliferation detection for national security missions. The successful applicant will engage with an established team to conduct R&D on novel optical and radiation detection remote sensing systems starting from originating untested ideas through development of advanced fielded sensors. Initially, specific projects will be selected based on experience and skills of the selected candidate and could range from topics such as, development of remote laser/optical detection systems to the evaluation of radiation effects on semiconductor systems. Future work will be motivated by the successful candidate’s vision, which will include the publication and presentation of significant research findings along with the development of new sensor concepts and/or analysis techniques. On any given day, your responsibilities may include: + Perform ground breaking research, design, modeling and analysis to advance the nation’s technical nuclear forensics and non-proliferation capabilities including: remotely detecting; locating and characterizing explosions; nuclear facilities; and proliferation activities + Manage the development of advanced digital engineering (DE) capabilities and modular open systems architectures (MOSA) for heterogeneous, multi-domain systems of systems + Build, test, calibrate and field remote sensing systems + Planning and executing experiments or campaigns + Perform data analysis and interpretation of acquired data + Develop models and perform simulations to predict performance of physical systems + Coordinate research efforts on one or more projects + Conceptualize new sensor designs and experiments driven by mission

+ PhD acquired within 5 years' prior to employment in optical engineering, nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics or an equivalent field + Lab experience such as experimental design, detector setup, noise reduction, testing, troubleshooting, calibrations, and data analysis + Experience with high-level scientific code and algorithm development with programs such as Matlab, Python + Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance Some travel is required for this position

+ Active L or Q security clearance + The ability to design, model, build and troubleshoot electrical systems + Experience designing, building and working with high precision optical setups and/or remote sensing systems + Proficiency with ultrafast lasers, laser damage testing, photonics, plasma diagnostics, or atmospheric propagation of laser beams + Experience working with ionizing radiation sources, radiation detection systems or running nuclear radiation transport codes (e.g. MCNP, GEANT, etc.) + Experience with running code on high performance computing systems + Willingness to participate in field experiments and campaigns, occasionally at remote locations + Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information at a level tailored the audience + Ability to constructively work with teams to successfully execute complex projects in a variety of roles (leader and group member) + Ability to work independently and tackle problems creatively

Department Description:

We have researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities. We are one of three departments that lead the program management activities for Sandia's portfolio of proliferation detection R&D projects executed for the NNSA Office of Proliferation Detection (NA-221, PD). Specifically, the Sandia-wide PD program focuses on developing capabilities to: detect foreign nuclear weapons programs; advance the technical base in support of nuclear arms control treaties verification and monitoring needs; and support a broad set of national nuclear security technical needs. Our goal is to advance R&D efforts for national and homeland security agencies to meet their nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism responsibilities. The group is a key contributor to the national security mission, and regularly collaborates with academic labs, as well as domestic and international national laboratories.

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 Q-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 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. : 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, disability, or veteran status.


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