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Postdoctoral Appointee - Atmospheric Science

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you interested in performing innovative research in climate, earth, and atmospheric science as part of a dynamic team of scientists and researchers? Are you passionate about supporting the nation's zero carbon goal, enabling space missions such as the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, and advancing emergency response to events of national significance? Do you have a passion to build programs, develop vision, and engage with potential customers to develop new research and application opportunities? Do you have interest in validating models using experimental data including both laboratory scale experiments and large scale field campaigns? This may be the career opportunity you have been looking for!
A hardworking and dedicated Atmospheric Science Postdoc is needed to advance, develop, and maintain the atmospheric modeling capabilities used in the various atmospheric transport and dispersion codes developed by the department. Our group focuses on protecting human health and the environment by analyzing the risks associated with severe accidents at nuclear power plants, space launch accidents of radioactive powered space vehicles, and other hazardous materials release scenarios. We seek applicants interested in advancing science in the areas of atmospheric dispersion of aerosol and gaseous pollutants, deposition velocity, aerosol physics, and dynamic plume rise modeling.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Address complex problems in support of broad-ranging mission areas.
  • Collaborate with highly motivated researchers on challenging research questions.
  • Perform application analysis on specific scenarios and evaluating the results.
  • Prepare and present conference presentations, develop and write journal articles, develop and give seminars.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry, or relevant degree
  • Experience in one or more of
  • Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling such as HYSPLIT
  • High-Fidelity Atmospheric Codes such as WRF, MM5, etc.
  • Climate Models such as E3SM
  • Polar Regions
  • Upper atmosphere (Stratosphere and higher)
  • Dynamics plume rise, Cumulus Convection, or LES modeling
  • Aerosols
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ability to conduct self-directed research
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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.

About Our Team

The Accident Consequence Modeling and Analysis Department (ACMAD) supports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) by providing experts in the Modeling of the Atmospheric Transport, Environmental, and Economic impact of released Nuclear Material as well as expertise in severe accident phenomenology; for both Emergency Response, Emergency Preparedness, Licensing applications, and basic scientific research. This team consists of high performing multi-disciplined scientists and engineers that work in a collaborative environment to develop state of art computer codes and analyses of severe accidents in nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities and the environmental transport of radiological releases, as well as the health and economic consequences of such releases. The team interacts broadly with both our domestic Federal customers as well as domestic and international customers, stake holders and customers with the goal of making nuclear power as safe as possible in a complex world faced with existential threats from climate change, terrorist threats and natural disasters. Furthermore the team supports space launch safety applications involving radioisotope powered or nuclear powered space vehicles such as the Mars 2020 Perserverance Rover.

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*
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*These benefits vary by job classification.

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.


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.