RD Manager - Computational Materials and Data Science Department

Expiring today

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Want to manage a team of dynamic researchers that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? Check this out! Our team is seeking a results-oriented Research & Development Manager.
On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Be a team-focused manager to coordinate and facilitate activities, undertake professional development of staff, and foster a safe, secure, creative and productive work environment for staff;
  • Develop a vision and strategic direction for the department that encourages innovation.
  • Develop and strengthen collaborations within Sandia, the NNSA complex, and academia to integrate computational and experimental data supporting Sandia’s missions
  • Lead the department and programs in delivering high quality research products, publications, materials insights, and transformational computational and data analytic capabilities.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, supporting, and leading a diverse range of R&D activities, programs (e.g., Nuclear Deterrence program, NNSA Advanced Simulation and Computing Physics and Engineering Models (ASC P&EM), NNSA Office of Experimental Sciences, NNSA Office of Engineering Technical Maturation, DOE Basic Energy Sciences, DOE Fusion Energy Science, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)), Special Partnerships Programs (SSP), and new technological efforts within and across the organization 

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.

About Our Team

The Computational Materials and Data Science department (01864) provides advanced computational analysis that enables materials-based insights and solutions to support the classical materials R&D paradigm of understanding processing-structure-properties-performance relationships. Capabilities include model development for nanoscale-to-mesoscale materials evolution, interfacial dynamics, defect initiation and propagation, and materials-related data analysis. An area of growth for the Dept is the development and application of machine learning, artificial intelligence and data-driven science for new materials discovery. Our multidisciplinary background and materials science expertise enable mechanistic and physical understanding related to aging and wear of materials such as metals, semiconductors, biomaterials, and polymers in support of DOE nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Department has a computer lab consisting of several Linux and Apple clusters and Sandia provides world-class computing resources, with multiple high-performance computing platforms available for large-scale simulations, visualization, data analysis and storage.
Our materials research program broadly supports the laboratory mission areas, and our sponsors include DOE NNSA, other DOE offices (e.g., DOE Office of Science, BES, BES/CINT, FES, OE, EERE, AMO, etc.), multiple federal agencies, and industry. Additionally, the department pursues partnerships with universities and establishes collaborations with other specialists to use our research while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. The department’s award-winning research portfolio is diverse, providing a dynamic work environment with the opportunity to have broad impact on Sandia missions and international material science directions.

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 schedules, 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.


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.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics or a related field, or an advanced degree with equivalent research experience
  • Six or more years related research and development experience
  • Technical excellence in computational material science demonstrated by a publication record and/or scientific/technical accomplishments
  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience
  • Experience in materials model development & implementation and familiarity with techniques used in the department including ab-initio electronic structure calculations, Molecular Dynamics (MD), microstructure evolution, microstructure-informed properties or continuum scale materials modeling
  • Experience with or knowledge of machine learning, data science and/or artificial intelligence
  • Successful track record leading basic science research or mission-inspired R&D for national security applications
  • Experience developing new R&D opportunities and funding.
  • Familiarity with modern programming languages (such as C, C++, python) and approaches
  • Proven track record building effective relationships and alliances across organizational boundaries within the Laboratories, and establishing partnerships with other National Laboratories and academic institutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as demonstrated in technical and project presentations, and technical publications and reports.
  • Demonstrated people leadership skills which include developing, coaching, mentoring, attracting, and retaining hardworking people.
  • Experience building collaborations between theoretical, modeling and experimental communities.
  • An understanding of nuclear weapons related programs and
  • Experience with some of the departments customers and partners including National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Programs or the DOE Office of Science
  • Active DOE security Clearance is highly desired

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.