Postdoctoral Appointee - Wind Energy R&D

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7061523 (Ref:669544)

Posted: October 16, 2019

Job Description

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 dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team on wind turbine rotor design related research. You will also be instrumental in adding improved capabilities in existing rotor design tools for structural and aerodynamic design and optimization of wind turbine blades. The design tool development will involve implementing advanced optimization routines for parallel computing and includes coupling multiple Sandia-developed tools. Experience in areas of wind turbine blade design, blade design tools, and/or optimization and parallel computing is preferred. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with a dynamic team of researchers and wind energy analysts working to come up with creative solutions to solve challenging problems that move the wind industry forward in support of the Department of Energy mission; + Work on assigned computational model and algorithmic development and implementation tasks, as well as tasks related to the design of wind turbine blades of the future.

+ PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a related discipline; + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.

+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Wind turbine blade design or optimization methods
- Solid mechanics, structural dynamics, and/or knowledge of the fundamentals of wind turbine aerodynamics
- Development of engineering codes
- Technical background including wind turbine aeroelastic design and analysis + Proven analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify research objectives and develop clear solutions to complex problems while using sound judgment in drawing conclusions; + Ability to work well in teams with diverse skills and backgrounds and be proactive and creative in solving problems that arise; + Excellent time-management skills including the ability to prioritize work and set and meet reasonable deadlines.

Department Description:

The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations. For blades, the team performs R&D on materials, airfoil design, structural analysis and design, and manufacturing processes and partners with universities in the areas of composite materials, aero-dynamics, probabilistic analysis, and embedded control sensors and actuators. Department activities range from computer based design and analysis, lab testing of components, to full scale testing of wind blades at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX. The department has been assigned the leadership role by the DOE for wind system reliability, which focuses on tracking reliability performance of the US wind turbine fleet and directs appropriate resources toward improvements in turbine technology This department also leads basic and applied research efforts, sponsored by the DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, supporting development of tools and methods to improve device performance. Through partnerships with industry and public presentation of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy surety for the nation.

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 withamazingimpact 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,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: *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.

EEO Statement:

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.

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