Postdoctoral Appointee - Concentrating Solar (Onsite/Hybrid)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feb 24, 2024
Feb 27, 2024
Position Type
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Bidder Eligibility

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.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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
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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

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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee in the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department to assist our R&D staff with a next generation, solid-particle heat transfer media CSP project. Expertise in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics is desirable. The project will allow you to learn on the job and gain experience in high-temperature particle measurements and control, data analysis, and large-scale testing. You will learn about contemporary engineering challenges in solid particle media (termed "Gen3") CSP and can employ creative design skills in developing testing equipment and experiments. Your work will contribute to advancing Gen3 CSP components to larger scales and higher temperatures than ever achieved. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

On any given day you may be called on to assist in any or all the following topical areas:

Computational (CAD, data analysis), experimental (measurements, controls, and operating test equipment), and administrative (reporting, project management) tasks. Postdocs are invited to propose a work balance plan which specifies preferences for on-site/hybrid work schedules.

Understanding and adherence to applicable Sandia National laboratories ES&H requirements and guidelines will be important for this position.

Qualifications We Require

PhD degree in an engineering or STEM program
Qualifications We Desire

Some familiarity with Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and alternative energy
Coursework in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and solid mechanics
Demonstrated experience using MS Office and excellent written and oral communication skills
Any experience using LabView or any other DAQ/control software
Experience in test operation and design
Any experience programming in LabVIEW or MATLAB
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
About Our Team

Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, industry partners, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electricity, sustainable solar fuels, and industrially relevant solar thermal chemistry.

Posting Duration

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.

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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