Postdoctoral Appointee - Water Power Technologies
Job posting number: #7063418 (Ref:671162)
Posted: February 6, 2020
Job DescriptionWe are seeking a hardworking and dedicated Postdoctoral Appointee in the Water Power Technologies Department. You will work both independently and with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to design, execute and analyze design studies and experiments. You will have a chance to work within both Sandia’s wind and water power technologies groups. Example tasks include: computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of wave and current energy converters (WEC and CEC), designing wave energy converter including controllers and power take-off (PTO) mechanisms, field and laboratory testing of WECs and CECs, developing software tools to aid design tasks or data processing, setting up load measurement system on WECs and CECs, and documenting work through peer-review publications. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop CFD and/or numerical model to predict WEC/CEC performance and resource at deployment site; + Process and analyze measurement and modeling datasets; + Support field and laboratory testing (device, structural and material testing); + Communicate research results effectively through written, oral, and other creative media methods to appropriate partners, including the funding customer; + Participate in developing new business through idea generation, proposal writing, and networking opportunities; + Partner with other researchers and departments across Sandia that work on energy systems.
+ PhD in Mechanical Engineering or relevant STEM discipline from an accredited university.
+ Demonstrated experience in design, analysis and testing of WEC and CEC + Demonstrated experience in CFD modeling, and modeling of dynamical systems from first principle and experimental data + Proficiency in modeling tools such as StarCCM+, ANSYS-Fluent, ANSYS Mechanical + Proficiency in programming languages such as Python and/or MATLAB/Simulink + Ability to travel occasionally to test and steering group meeting locations
Sandia's Water Power Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of water power technologies. The primary focus area of the department's work is Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK) research with lower levels of effort in Offshore Wind (OW) and Hydropower. The department is responsible for all aspects of Marine Hydrokinetic device design, performance, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations for the Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and in collaboration with industry partners. Offshore Wind Energy activities currently include Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) design and analysis and foundation scour. Hydropower efforts focus on seasonal simulation and optimization. Through partnerships with industry, academia, other National Labs, and public dissemination of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy security for the nation
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: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.
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.