Earth Sciences Geomechanics Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7076039 (Ref:675405)

Posted: March 13, 2021

Job Description

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. : 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. : We are seeking an innovative and hardworking individual who is to serve as the earth science Postdoc and Lab Lead for one or more geomechanics based projects in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The position will include active participatory support of our efforts to assess, analyze and mitigate subsurface hydrocarbon production related situations. The selected Postdoc will join our diverse and passionate team of expert scientists and engineers to help develop state of the art technology. You could also contribute to and lead R&D activities that directly benefit national security. You will have opportunities to grow your network with leading researchers from multiple fields, expand publication history, and explore internal and external funding vehicles that can lead to further career development. On any given day, you may be called on to participate in: + Geospacial analysis of field site data (underground gas storage, production fields, geothermal sites, etc.) + Geomechanics-based laboratory experimental work + Geomechanical studies of relevant formations + Data acquisition and processing + Participate in new, creative research areas using modern technology, interact closely with customers, and be afforded the opportunity to develop, grow and lead projects of national importance. The Postdoc salary for this position will be $85,700.

Required:
+ PhD in a relevant science, technology or engineering field + Geomechanics background, interests and hands on laboratory experience with high pressure and temperature triaxial rock mechanics equipment + Experience with processing technical data or running numerical models (i.e. Excel, Matlab, Python) + Publication record that includes at least one of the following: written research reports, publications, or conference presentations

Desired:
+ Materials science knowledge (metals, ceramics, foams) + Experience with observational methods (i.e. optical, scanning electron, CT); mass spectroscopy + Ability to work autonomously and synchronously in a diverse group + Savvy with numerical modeling, and an understanding of thermal, mechanical, and hydrologic properties of rock + Proven ability to independently determine and develop innovative approaches to solutions to a diverse range of problems + Excellent oral and written communication skills, including technical writing + Strong drive to analyze data and publish in peer-reviewed journals + Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with the ability to perform in a high functioning environment + Experience/desire to team in proposal development/writing

Department Description:

The Geothermal Research Department is an organization that delivers unique solutions for customers who require components and systems capable of operating in harsh and often high-temperature environments. The historical mission of the department was to address technology needs related to the development of geothermal energy (a baseload renewable energy resource); in particular accessing, monitoring and engineering of geothermal resources in subsurface geologic environments. This mission continues, but the capabilities of the organization have also been used to address other issues of national importance. Current activities are broad in scope and require the efforts of multidisciplinary technical teams with expertise in mechanical engineering, drilling technologies, electronics, geosciences, materials, sensors, and explosives/propellants. Examples of areas being addressed by the department include:-Improving the performance of drilling technologies in hard-rock environments.-Development of high-temperature electronic and electromechanical systems for drilling, logging and monitoring.-Environmentally friendly reservoir simulation technology development. Our customer base spans a wide variety of governmental and private sponsors, and we work closely with the geothermal power industry, oil & gas developers, service companies, other national laboratories and academia. In addition, the department maintains and continually updates a wide array of unique testing capabilities for evaluation of technologies in simulated downhole environments.

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 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: http://www.sandia.gov *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.

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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