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Postdoctoral Appointee - Radiation Effects Research

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: albuquerque
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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.


Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to deliver solutions? Join a dynamic team and help solve significant issues for our nation's security!

The Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct leading-edge research and analysis of radiation induced effects in electronics and materials. In this position, your work may range from fundamental investigations into the radiation effects physics occurring in advanced technologies toutilizing simulation tools to predict and better understand electrical and mechanical radiation effects. You will work in a collaborative environment with a diverse team and have access to some of the world's most powerful tools.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Utilize radiation transport codes to model the interaction of particle radiation (X-rays, electrons, neutrons, and gamma-rays) with matter. + Perform simulations to investigate radiation effects in electronics and other test objects. + Team with other specialists, including those performing radiation experiments at state-of-the-art facilities, to design experiments, analyze results, and to present new insights or observations. + Summarize findings in internal reports and as appropriate, publish results in journal articles and present at conferences.

Some travel will be required for project meetings and conferences.


+ Have, or are pursuing, a PhD in Engineering, Material Sciences, Physics, or a closely related field. PhD required to start. + Experience with the development and/or applications of Monte Carlo methods for particle radiation transport. + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.


+ A strong record of scientific and/or technical achievements through publication, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences. + Experience in radiation sciences and effects in electronics . + Experience modeling radiation effects in electronics using semiconductor device (i.e., finite element) and/or circuit simulators. + Experience using the Geant4 simulation toolkit. + Scientific computer programming experience with C++ and/or Fortran. + Experience with Python (or similar) scripting languages. + Experience working with interdisciplinary teams.

Department Description:

The main purpose of the Radiation Effects Experimentation Department is to assure and verify the capability of the nation's nuclear stockpile to survive and operate through radiation and electromagnetic environments. These activities range from fundamental radiation effects research to qualifying the performance of electronic piece parts, subsystems, and systems to natural space-based and/or man-made radiation environments (e.g., environment produced by nuclear detonations). We accomplish our mission by performing basic and applied radiation effects research on materials and electronics through test and evaluation using state-of-the-art photon, ion, neutron, electron, and laser sources located at Sandia National Laboratories and other laboratories throughout the United States. We also develop critical radiation, electrical, and plasma diagnostics to characterize our test environments as well as perform simulations to investigate the radiation response of electronics and other test objects. An important activity in the Department is the design, measurement, analysis, and simulation of response data on surrogate test articles for the purpose of validating Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) computer codes that are (or will be) used to qualify future weapon and satellite electronic systems to various pulsed radiation environments and effects. Department personnel also provide guidance to electronic designers to assure proper design techniques related to mitigating the deleterious effects of radiation and qualification assessments of nuclear weapon hardware to each of Sandia's production groups.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include; 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) + Generous vacations, strong medical 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.

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