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What Your Job Will Be Like:
We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral appointee to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in developing new approaches for studying coupled gas-surface chemistry and transport in catalytic reactions. The focus of the position is the development and application of laser diagnostics that will be coupled with mass spectrometry to probe the fundamental chemical physics of gas-phase systems interacting with reactive solid surfaces.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
+ Work as part of a team that includes experts in optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, reacting flows, surface science, catalysis, materials physics, mass spectrometry, and the kinetics and dynamics of chemical reactions
+ Conduct independent research under the mentorship of technical staff, and present results at national and international conferences and to publish in high-profile peer-reviewed journals
This postdoc will work on projects that span across two departments, whose work is primarily funded under the DOE Office of Science and addresses fundamental experimental and numerical problems, mostly in the areas of gas phase and gas-surface reaction systems and uncertainty quantification.
Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite at the Sandia Livermore location.
Qualifications We Require:
+ PhD in a physical science or engineering
+ Experience conducting experimental research in laser diagnostics
Qualifications We Desire:
+ A background combining elements of the following: optical diagnostics, reacting flows, catalysis, gas-phase chemistry, surface chemistry, fluid mechanics, molecular spectroscopy and energy transfer, mass spectrometry
+ Experience with Raman scattering, LIF, CARS, photoionization mass spectrometry
+ Ability to address complex problems creatively and to work effectively both independently and in teams
+ Ability to collaborate with other researchers
+ Experience with Matlab, Chemkin, and CFD of reacting laminar flows
+ Strong interpersonal and analytical skills
About Our Team:
The Gas-Phase Chemical Physics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientist, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control energy conversion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Gas-Phase Chemical Physics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex reactive environments.
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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
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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.
Job ID: 690869
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.