Postdoctoral Appointee - High Energy Density Physics at Z Machine
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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 Postdoctoral Appointees with a focus in experimental physics to support Z Facility research and development projects. These roles offer opportunities to focus on data analysis and/or x-ray spectroscopy and radiation source development.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Design, execute, and analyze experiments on the Z Facility in the areas of magnetically driven implosions for novel radiation sources, high-energy-density physics, and inertial confinement fusion studies
Collaborate and develop leadership in the design and execution of experiments on Z and development of new diagnostic capabilities
Build and sustain collaborations with the international high energy density (HED) physics community
Represent the research and development in the organization through publications in scientific journals and presentations at conferences
Lead experiments and collaborations in the fundamental understanding of radiation and matter at high energy-density in areas that are unique to the capabilities of the Z Facility
Travel for joint experiments or workshops and to present material at scientific conferences
PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Physics, Engineering, or related technical discipline
Co-authored publication or presentation at scientific conferences in a related area of research, such as neutron or x-ray radiation sources or diagnostics, nuclear fusion, high-energy-density or plasma physics
Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance
Excellent verbal, written, planning, and interpersonal skills conducive to working as a part of a large team
The demonstrated ability to develop collaborations with external organizations
Experience leading experiments in a large team environment
Highly self-motivated, adaptable to change, and an excellent work ethic suited to making rapid progress through independently directed work
Previous experience fielding experiments or diagnostics at a major pulsed power or high-energy-density physics facility
Experience in plasma physics or inertial confinement fusion; knowledge of ICF or radiation source target design, operation, and diagnosis
First-authored publications in a related area of research, such as neutron or x-ray radiation sources or diagnostics, nuclear fusion, high-energy-density or plasma physics
Experience with data analysis, diagnostic instrument design, and modeling of diagnostic systems (e.g. x-ray imaging systems, x-ray spectrometers, nuclear diagnostics, etc.)
Strong electro-mechanical skills such as the ability to use varied calibration and diagnostic instruments in light labs and at small facilities, and in supporting the setup of experimental equipment such as electronics, vacuum chambers, and data acquisition systems
The High Energy Density Experiments department (Org. 1688) is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of physicists, engineers, and technologist who design and perform high energy density (HED) experiments driven by fast pulsed power. The majority of experiments are conducted on the Z Facility, the world's most powerful pulsed-power generator, in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Stockpile Stewardship Program. The department actively collaborates with other national and international laboratories and universities on the advancement of magnetically driven implosions for radiation production, understanding the physics of hot, dense plasmas, and thermonuclear fusion in the laboratory.
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
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