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 motivated and energetic Postdoctoral Appointee to perform duties as a radiation detection scientist. You will conduct research and development in a dynamic, innovative, and fast-paced team environment as well as contribute to multiple projects through software and hardware development for the localization and imaging of radiation emitting materials. Your work will encompass laboratory experiments and testing of devices for specific applications; modeling and simulation of neutron/gamma localizers and imagers; and algorithm development for particle identification and image reconstruction using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. You will apply your deep technical knowledge of radiation detection techniques to existing programs, as well as have the capability and independence to propose new groundbreaking projects that fall within the scope of Sandia's mission areas.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Plan, conduct, and execute research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors;
Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories based on observation, experiments, or historical data, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories;
Develop theories based on observation and experiments; implement and debug models in code and perform verification and validation of the code;
Work with the team in developing proposals for new work;
Travel as required for the job.
PhD in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or other closely related discipline;
Experience with aspects of gamma and/or neutron radiation detection hardware, data acquisition, data analysis, or simulation; may be in the context of physics instrumentation or applied R&D;
Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Q-level security clearance.
Demonstrated creativity and highly developed analytical skills to help in solving problems;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and teamwork;
Demonstrated proficiency with scintillator detectors and nuclear instrumentation;
Demonstrated proficiency in Monte Carlo based radiation transport codes;
Demonstrated proficiency in sophisticated statistical data analysis techniques;
Demonstrated experience in design optimization of radiation detectors and imaging systems;
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2/4.0 and graduate GPA 3.5/4.0.
The Radiation and Nuclear Detection Systems department undertakes research and development of ionizing radiation and rare signature detection systems to address broad nuclear security needs in support of various US Government programs. Through internal collaborations our department targets applications in neutron generators, nuclear proliferation detection, nuclear non-proliferation, international safeguards, arms control treaty verification, radiological emergency response, and other national security objectives such as explosives detection. Areas of significant experience and expertise include fission-energy neutron detection and imaging, anti-neutrino detection, weak source detection techniques, and high-channel-count systems. Our work includes a range of basic to applied research, and involves equipment at various technology readiness levels:
- Basic Research (TRL 1-2)
* Experimental study and characterization of radiation signatures encountered in nuclear security scenarios
* Conception and development of new radiation detection techniques
- Development of radiation detection systems (TRL 3-4)
* Feasibility studies and rapid detector system prototyping
* Laboratory tests of prototype systems: controlled experiments emulating relevant aspects of real-world scenarios
- Field Experiments (TRL 5-6)
* Deployment of mature detection systems to understand their performance in real measurement environments
The department specializes in designing detection systems for the anticipated radiation signature and background for a specific application. Using as much information in the expected radiation signature as possible, we design
- detectors for standoff detection and localization of radiological materials
- detectors for rare event signatures
- antineutrino and coherent neutrino scattering detection
- high resolution imaging detection systems
- discriminate between point and extended radiation sources
- identify chemical elements in 3D through high-Z shielding
- detectors in high background / high rate environments
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
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.
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.
Internal Number: 667091
About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for a Manager for the Semiconductor Device Sciences Department for the Albuquerque facility. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.
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