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Postdoctoral Appointee for Material Failure and Fracture Mechanics
Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date Posted 08/28/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security!

We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to work on projects in the field of fracture and material damage modeling.

In this role, the successful candidate will:

Work in collaboration with domain specialists at Sandia on the development, verification, validation and calibration of computational models to predict fracture and failure in support of national security applications
Apply the principles of material mechanics and advanced computational finite-element analysis to provide credible solutions to engineering problems
Develop predictive capabilities of complex nonlinear material behavior, including failure, in multi-physics environments
Quantify margins and uncertainties associated with material models
Work closely with other domain specialists in the areas of computational and experimental mechanics
Partner with multi-physics code development teams to drive technical innovation to robust predictive capabilities
Qualifications We Require
PhD conferred within the last 5 years, in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related field
Experience in the foundations of solid mechanics, including strength of materials, continuum mechanics, and material mechanics
Experience of nonlinear material behavior, fracture mechanics and material failure modeling, computational mechanics, and computer programming
Experience of computer programming and code development with object-oriented languages, Python and C++
Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced by conference presentations and journal publications
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance
Qualifications We Desire
Knowledge and experience of experimental techniques for material characterization
Experience in performing finite element simulations of materials and structures subjected to complex and extreme loading conditions, up to and including failure modeling
Knowledge of probability theory and uncertainty quantification methodology
Position Information

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.

About Our Team

The Materials and Failure Modeling Department of Sandia National Laboratories performs material mechanics R&D, develops advanced engineering models, and deploy state-of-the-art computational capabilities to enable physically credible prediction of material behavior and failure in support of Sandia’s mission. Core capabilities developed and maintained by the department include adaptive material and failure models, robust computational material library covering events from aging to shock physics, effective model calibration methodologies, and quantification of margin and uncertainty of material models.

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 schedules, 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:

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.


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.

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