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Dynamic Materials Experimental Postdoctoral Appointee

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.


Organization 1646 has a position for a postdoctoral fellow to perform experimental measurements of dynamic material properties at extreme conditions. The candidate will be involved in designing and executing experiments, analyzing data, and/or designing and implementing new diagnostic techniques. In particular, experiments aimed at understanding shock compression of granular materials and/or shock compression of pre-compressed materials will be emphasized. This work would be carried out at one of the many facilities where experiments are conducted, which includes the DICE, STAR, THOR and Z facility located at Sandia. The candidate will be expected to apply existing capabilities, develop new capabilities, and develop and field novel diagnostics as required for making important materials property measurements. The opportunity will exist to work both as a principal investigator as well as a key member of a team doing research at the cutting edge of the application of high energy density physics.


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment in the physical sciences or engineering
+ Technical competency in at least one of the following areas as demonstrated through publications in refereed journals: experimental physics, material science, solid mechanics, shock physics, high energy density physics, or advanced diagnostics.
+ Background in design and conduct of experiments
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Demonstrated ability to work creatively on a difficult and complex research problem.
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and in technical and project presentations and a strong interest in publishing peer reviewed articles in premier journals.
+ Candidates for this position should possess the ability and desire to work in a collaborative team environment and to work in a fast-paced technically-challenging research organization
+ Experience with dynamic material or solid mechanics experimentation and analysis techniques
+ Background in any of the following: shock physics, high energy density physics, equations of state, warm dense matter, or constitutive properties.
+ Evidence of careful, systematic, and thorough approach to planning experiments.
+ Experience with high speed diagnostic instrumentation (VISAR, PDV, streak and/or framing cameras, digitizers, flash x-rays, etc.)
+ Experience with gas guns, lasers, or pulsed power systems for high pressure experimentation
+ A broad background in physics or engineering that will allow the candidate to participate in other aspects of multidisciplinary high energy density physics research.
+ Computer programming ability

Department Description:

The Dynamic Materials Properties Department at Sandia National Laboratories (Department 1646) performs experimental measurements of dynamic material properties at high pressures, including material's equations of state, phase boundaries, and constitutive properties. Experiments are performed with a variety of drivers, from high velocity gas guns to the most powerful pulsed-power facility in the world, the 26 million ampere Z facility. The focus of the department is dynamic material properties experiments using both high-pressure shock waves and shockless compression. A particularly exciting area of emerging interest is the study of material properties in regions of phase space that are both off-Hugoniot and off the principal isentrope. The department is responsible for designing, executing, diagnosing, and analyzing dynamic materials properties experiments on the Z facility, and at Sandia National Laboratories¿ Dynamic Integrated Compression Experimental (DICE) and Shock Thermodynamic Applied Research (STAR) facilities.

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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