Postdoctoral Appointee - Optical Science

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7074328 (Ref:674751)

Posted: January 21, 2021

Job Description

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. : **Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team and solve significant issues and challenges for our nation's security!** We are seeking an Optical Science Postdoctoral Appointee for our Remote Proliferation Detection Department. The selected applicant will join a multidisciplinary team to develop and use active and passive remote sensing systems to collect and analyze optical signatures and observables relevant to the proliferation detection and nuclear nonproliferation mission spaces. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop optical system solutions for data collection of phenomenology of interest + Develop novel algorithms for data processing and exploitation + Develop optical and electromagnetic transport models for diverse media + Plan, execute, and analyze data from laboratory and field experiments + Form highly productive dynamic teams to accomplish project goals + Be responsible for the effective communication of research results through publications and conference presentations + Define your future career goals, seek to acquire technical skills, scientific knowledge, and collaborations needed to pursue them

+ Ph.D. in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent field) acquired within 5 years prior to employment + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance

+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Computational imaging: Simulating, designing, or performing experiments with computational imaging systems
- Photon transport: Modeling and simulating light scattering in diverse media
- Engineering and scientific model development or data analysis + Strong background in optical remote sensing and optical measurement capabilities + Experience with optical tomography, statistical optics, or speckle imaging + Monte Carlo, radiative transport equation, diffusion equation, or Mie theory simulation experience + Experience related to imaging through turbulence + Proven experience in computer graphic programming + Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify research objectives and develop clear solutions to complex problems while using sound judgment in drawing conclusions + Willingness and ability to collaborate on a dynamic team with varied skills and backgrounds and be proactive and creative in solving problems that arise + Excellent time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize work to deliver results + Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information + Proven ability to conduct creative, independent research

Department Description:

We support the Office of Proliferation (NA-221) within the NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) through the execution of nonproliferation technology research, development, and demonstration experiments, applications, and field exercises. The department advances national security missions through the development of innovative concepts for active and passive remote sensing systems, signatures, and exploitation. We maintain a breadth of remote sensing competencies including target phenomenology, scene simulation, radiative transport, optical sensor modeling and development, spectral and temporal data processing, and algorithm development. This collection of competencies allows the team to develop novel, mission-specific sensor concepts and prototypes, as well as assess and predict mission performance. The projects within the group span diverse mission areas including, but not limited to, Nuclear Nonproliferation, Weaponization, USNDS, and other DOD mission areas. We actively engaged in program development and maturing enabling capabilities by transitioning research and development from across the laboratory.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

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. : Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories’ collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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.

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