LTE - R&D Mechanical Engineering (Senior or Principal)
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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LTE R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineer (Senior or Member)

Job Summary

Job Specifications:

The Water Power Technology Department is seeking a Limited Term Researcher for activities in marine hydrokinetic energy. The selected candidate must have the ability to contribute to a diverse research portfolio and also support execution of the program for our primary sponsor. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to actively publish and present his/her research at conferences and workshops and in technical journals. The selected candidate must also be able to interface with the other activities in the department related to wind and water power to assist in furthering the development a cross-cutting research portfolio.

Other duties, skills, and abilities include:
-Plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors.
-Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals.
-Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
-Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research.
-Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions.
-Undertakes development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology.
-Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.
-Good written and oral communication skills.
-Strong record of academic performance.
-Ability to work on numerous projects and react to quickly changing requirements.
-Domestic and occasional foreign travel required.

Limited-Term Employees (LTE): The purpose of the program is to provide professional personnel to the line organization to assit them in meeting their mission objectives. These positions include administrative staff associates and technologists and are identified in the Division's Workforce Plan. These assignments are typically for up to a one-year period, with the option at management's discretion to serve up to one additional one-year assignment.

Job Summary:
Applies integrated technical judgment--which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses--to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Researches issues in such areas as physical mechanics, fluid dynamics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, vibration, physical metallurgy, power engineering, kinematics, and heat transfer systems for metals, plastics, composite, and combination structures. Applies research to the design, development, analysis, and testing of mechanical and electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines, and machines. Analyzes the ability of systems to withstand stress imposed by conditions such as temperature, load, motion, and vibration and performs analysis of system operation to design requirements.

Primary Job Duties

-Plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors.
-Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals.
-Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
-Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research.
-Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions.
-Undertakes development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology.
-Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

-Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience.
-Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position.
-Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research.
-Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives.
-Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines.

Required

-MS in Mechanical Engineering or relevant discipline (i.e., Mechanical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Wave Mechanics, CFD Modeling, and/or Finite Element Analysis) or BS in relevant discipline plus 2+ yrs. of relevant experience
-Expertise and experience in one or several of the following disciplines: fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, CFD modeling, finite element analysis.
-Experience in hydrokinetic turbine modeling for performance analysis.
-Strong interest in performing basic and applied research with established track record of publishing work in various formats (technical reports, conference papers, journals, etc.).
-Demonstrated experience with StarCCM+ and OpenFOAM

Desired

-Extensive experience with Matlab.
-Experience in MHK energy converter scale model study.
-Experience with Solidworks or similar computer aided design software.
-Experience mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate student interns.
-Familiarity with the DOE MHK Reference Model effort.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

Benefits

At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.

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