The Applied Optical and Plasma Science is seeking a hardworking R&D Physicist to conduct research related to low temperature plasma (LTP) physics. Responsibilities include the invention, development, and application of novel methods to elucidate physical phenomena relating to LTPs. Understanding the fundamental aspects and processes associated with LTPs will create significant impact across Sandia’s Basic Science and National Security Missions. This includes factors affecting high voltage breakdown, the chemical kinetics of complex molecular systems, electron population dynamics, and particle transport. Experience working in coordination with modeling and simulation (M&S) efforts or experience with plasma modeling will be particularly valuable. You'll participate as a team lead or collaborator for existing projects and champion new projects to various partners at Sandia. As part of Sandia’s Plasma Research Facility, the work will include fundamental plasma science research, working with external collaborators, setting the direction of the research and collaborative focus as well as program development. Furthermore, opportunities to increase LTP science in support of application-specific research for Sandia’s National Security Mission will be a key aspect of the position. On any given day, you may be called on to:
Lead projects, work with team members on developing project plans, and be the primary contact for various partners and customers
Establish new scientific insights on the physical mechanisms underlying LTPs
Adapt existing plasma diagnostic tools to new applications
Publish scientific results and participate in the scientific community, including attending conferences and workshops, and filling professional leadership positions (e.g., conference organization, journal editors, advisory boards, etc.)
Mentor staff, post-doctoral appointees, and student interns
Develop experimental techniques to support validation of plasma simulation tools in collaboration with M&S specialists
Qualifications We Require
PhD in physics, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, mathematics, or closely related field plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience, or a master’s in physics, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, mathematics, or closely related field plus 5 or more years relevant experience, or the equivalent combination of relevant experience and education
Proven track record of engagement with the scientific community through publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences and workshops (A publication and presentation list should be included as part of the CV)
Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire
The motivation and ability to seek technical problems independently
Proven interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to develop proposals for funding opportunities
Experience or knowledge in one or more of the following subject areas:
electrical discharge (vacuum to atmospheric pressures, low to high currents)
ionizing radiation environments
Experience with one or more of the following experimental skills:
design and operation of LTP experiments
optical diagnostics including passive and active techniques
ns, ps, or fs lasers
high-speed detectors and cameras
atomic and/or molecular spectroscopy
high current electron beams
pulsed discharge systems including ns pulsers
pulsed power best practices
Design and/or operation of high vacuum or pressure experimental systems
Experience in code validation efforts including but not limited to: working in tandem with M&S team members, conducting the experiments for validation, or other demonstrated validation processes
Experience with kinetic plasma simulation for investigation of LTP properties or experience in collaborating with M&S team members
About Our Team
Our department is a diverse group of professionals in three areas: Low Temperature Plasma Physics, Laser and Optical Diagnostics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials. We work with groups in Sandia and other entities to develop the science that enables engineering solutions. The Low Temperature Plasma Physics thrust has ongoing work in sheath physics, plasma-driven chemistry, plasma-surface interactions, arc discharges (from vacuum to high pressure), and more. To study this wide array of phenomena, we possess both experimental and computational experts that work together to produce new understanding. The plasma codes we use range from fully kinetic, through hybrid, to fluid models. We also actively use and develop models for surface properties, electromagnetic propagation, and more. Experimentally, we have developed a variety of sources including multipole confinement systems, CCP/ICP RF plasmas, and atmospheric pressure plasma systems. We use a variety of diagnostics to examine these systems and are actively involved in the development or use of advanced laser diagnostics, other spectroscopic techniques, physical probes, RF sensing, and more.
The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real-time, non-contact, in-situ optical diagnostic capabilities.
The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments. This work entails both state-of-the-art diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials.
Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.
Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!
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.
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.
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.
Internal Number: 675929
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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