R&D Mechanical Engineer (Mid-Career/Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

Job posting number: #7103675 (Ref:683771)

Posted: June 22, 2022

Job Description

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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. Salary Range: $113,500
- $223,500 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer (job title: R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering) staff member to join our world-class team of combustion energy scientists and engineers. If selected, you will lead experimental research that supports decarbonization of on-road, off-road, rail, marine, and aviation mobility sectors for DOE and industry supported projects. Your will conduct research in existing engine combustion laboratory facilities using state-of-the-art optical diagnostics, and you will develop purpose-built facilities designed to interrogate fluid mechanic, combustion, and thermal science problems relevant to current and future energy system needs. You will lead a team of post-doctoral fellows, visiting researchers, and student interns as well as collaborate with partners across Sandia to perform impactful applied combustion research. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop strategic research plans that support decarbonization of transportation technologies; + Acquire experimental datasets that identify key physical and chemical processes that control mixing, combustion, and emissions formation; support the advancement of computational fluid dynamic tools; address commercialization barriers to the end-use of net-zero carbon fuels; + Present and publish research results in acclaimed conferences and journals; + Supervise and mentor interdisciplinary teams of researchers and support staff; + Engage with companion Sandia research groups, the professional community, and industrial partners to strengthen the impact of your research. Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories. Qualifications We Require: + Ph.D. in engineering, the physical sciences, or other relevant field + Strong background in experimental thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and/or combustion science + A record of peer-reviewed publications + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Six or more months of post-doctoral research experience + Background in optical and spectroscopic diagnostics + Experience with combustion research in high-pressure systems or engines + Demonstrated ability to formulate and lead research projects, including writing successful research proposals; developing enabling research facilities and capabilities; implementing environmental health & safety and security plans; ensuring project deliverables remain on track; and communicating clearly and frequently with relevant project stakeholders + Experience mentoring postdocs, interns, visitors, and laboratory support technologists; + Collaborative research approach and experience with a diverse, interdisciplinary team of peer researchers. About Our Team: The Applied Combustion Research Departments perform world-leading reciprocating and gas turbine engine research for a range of mobility sectors in customized optically accessible engines and combustion vessels with experiments supported by a professional team of mechanical and electrical technologists. Non-intrusive laser diagnostics are used to study relevant combustor system fundamentals of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and chemical reactions, with collected data used to inform companion model development efforts. The pre-competitive understanding of key combustor processes is leveraged by engine industry partners to develop proprietary hardware designs and operating strategies that help achieve transportation sector decarbonization goals while maintaining near-zero criteria pollutant emissions levels.

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 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* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*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 Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO: 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. Job ID: 683771

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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