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Postdoctoral Appointee - Atomistic Materials Modeling Scientist

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Depending on Experience
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Aug 10, 2023

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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:*These benefits vary by job classification.


Are you passionate about using computational methods to development new materials and understand relationships between atomic structure and materials performance? Our team is seeking a hardworking materials scientist with an interest in Atomistic Materials Modeling.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan, conduct, and analyze computer simulations of materials behavior at the atomistic scale to deduce materials structure, properties and performance

  • Work in conjunction with experimentalists to devise novel atomistic simulation models, tools and techniques for creative solutions to materials science challenges

  • Synthesize materials knowledge to propose and carry out research to understand material properties

  • Work in collaborative team environments on multidisciplinary, technically challenging projects as part of a dynamic research organization

  • Collaborate with specialists in other fields to couple atomistic simulation methods with other models to understand multi-scale, multi-physics phenomena

  • Communicate accomplishments in presentations at international conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals and advocate for research with program managers

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.


  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, or related field plus a bachelor’s in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (your PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment)

  • Experience in designing, performing and analyzing large scale atomistic simulations with engineering relevance

  • Ability to develop and modify simulation and analysis tools in C, C++, python, perl or other modern programming languages

  • A history of publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Experience in simulations of polymer dynamics, metals deformation, atomic/molecular diffusion and adsorption, fracture of brittle materials, and/or interfacially-dominated processes including tribology

  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated collaborative work in a team environment

  • Track record of collaborating with experimentalists and other modelers in order to design advanced materials for engineering applications

  • Experience with applying machine learning techniques to materials simulations

  • Experience in modeling the behavior and response of a wide variety of materials including materials of interest to the Department of Energy

  • Demonstrated experience building effective relationships and crafting creative solutions in team environments including collaboration with industry, academia, and research laboratories

  • Strong technical writing and verbal skills


The Computational Materials and Data Science Department 1864 provides advanced computational analysis that enables materials-based insight and solutions. Capabilities include model development at the nanoscale and mesoscale to understand materials structure, properties and performance, interfacial dynamics, defect initiation and propagation, multivariate analysis, and signal processing. We work closely with experimental colleagues to validate our computational work. 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.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!


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.


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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 690471


Sandia employs about 8,500 people and manages about $2.3 billion of work annually. We are funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with other major funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Today, the nearly 300 million Americans depend on Sandia's technology solutions to solve national and global threats to peace and freedom. Sandia has two main sites; our headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM. We also have about 900 employees located at Livermore, CA. Both sites conduct leading-edge research to support national defense, homeland security, and our energy infrastructure.

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