Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7091259 (Ref:680175)

Posted: December 25, 2021

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. Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees. : 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. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : Are you a mechanical engineering graduate student approaching graduation with an interest in accelerating the adoption of renewable energy? We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee to support one or two large DOE Concentrating Solar Power projects: a DOE CSP Gen3 advanced molten salt valve and/or a hybrid CSP pumped thermal energy storage project. The selected applicant will apply their expertise in mechanical engineering fundamentals, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics to solve critical research issues. Use your passion and creativity to build groundbreaking engineering solutions alongside a multi-disciplinary renewable energy team of expert scientists and engineers. Your work, centered on concentrating solar applications could ultimately include a span of activities we do for other mission areas at the Labs. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Independently conduct and deliver your own R&D activities or projects under leadership of senior staff. These activities and projects may be theoretical, computational and/or experimental. These activities will often require working in teams that can include partners from other institutions; + Work with Sandia’s technology transfer and licensing professionals to move successful R&D from the Labs to industry; + Assist or lead development of proposals to seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in CSP; + Disseminate R&D outcomes and the departments capabilities in various forms including journal article publications and by presenting papers at national and international conferences; + Represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications.

+ PhD in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant STEM field, with demonstrated expertise in the fundamentals of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and/or solid mechanics + Excellent technical writing skills as proven in scientific publication(s) + Evidence of research expertise in the form of first authored published journal articles or conference papers + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance

+ Prior academic experience in mechanical design and generation of engineering drawings (list a specific example) + Familiarity with Concentrating solar technologies or thermal energy storage + Research experience with high-temperature heat transfer fluids, heat transfer modeling, flow dynamics, energy conversion or thermal energy utilization. + Demonstrated ability to generate CFD and/or FEA models to analyze thermal and/or mechanical components (EES, FlowWorks, etc.) + Well-developed communication, oral presentation, and leadership skills + Prior experience in Ansys Fluent, Ansys Mechanical, SolidWorks, Engineering Equation Solver, MATLAB, and LabVIEW + Willingness to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team with various backgrounds + Capable of communicating, mentoring and supervising the work of fabricators, machinists, welders, and electricians + Experience in the design and operation of thermal equipment where hardware is taken through concept generation, design, manufacturing, and testing + Knowledgeable of traditional manufacturing techniques (e.g., welding, machining, bending, brazing, sheet metal forming) + Experience in design, operation, measurement, and control with high-temperature systems + Experience in bulk solids (particle) handling, heating, and transport

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, industry partners, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electricity, sustainable solar fuels, and industrially relevant solar thermal chemistry.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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. Job ID: 680175

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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