Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Chemical Kinetics Theory and Modeling in Livermore, California
We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher to work on fundamental studies of elementary gas-phase reactions in combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Primary duties involve using the tools of theoretical chemistry to develop and validate predictive models of complex reaction environments. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in experimental studies using low- and high-pressure mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy instruments. (PIs: Leonid Sheps and Judit Zádor).
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Explore a potential energy for a gas-phase reaction and calculate rate coefficients for it using master equation and related techniques using our in-house clusters or potentially DOE's super computers.
- Model complex gas-phase environments and analyze the results.
- Interpret experimental data using our data analysis tools.
- Perform experiments to follow chemical species in real-time using several time-resolved probe techniques: high-pressure multiplexed photoionization mass spectrometry, absorption spectroscopy, and laser-induced fluorescence.
- Use creativity in solving theoretical and experimental difficulties
- Write and improve scientific codes to analyze large datasets.
- Write papers and give presentations
- PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field, with a strong interest in theoretical chemical kinetics.
- Familiarity with at least one of the following: quantum chemistry, transition-state theory, master-equation calculations, chemical modeling, chemical mechanism development.
- The ability to write peer-reviewed publications and a strong publication record.
- Knowledge with gas-phase combustion or oxidation chemistry
- Familiarity with mass spectrometry, laser-induced fluorescence, or other experimental methods.
- Experience with statistics, data analytics, or machine learning.
The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment.
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- 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*
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This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.
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.