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R&D Power Electronics Postdoctoral Appointee - Hybrid

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7241118 (Ref:Sa693334)

Posted: June 18, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you want to perform innovative research impacting the conversion and distribution of energy? Are you passionate about research that impacts a broad range of problems of national importance?We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with technical expertise in power electronic devices, components, systems, and controls. In this role you will conduct research to create new capabilities using power electronics to increase the resiliency of power electronic systems, and to push performance limits using sophisticated controls and optimization. You will have the opportunity to design, test and develop future power electronic components and systems utilizing state of the art resources.Key functions of this role include:

  • Supporting the design and analysis of future power electronic components and systems
  • Collaborating with sponsors from defense, National security programs, and partners in utility systems and renewable energy
  • Providing technical guidance to identify new solutions for systems reliability
  • Contribute to high-risk, high-value research and development
  • Collaborate with highly motivated and talented researchers on challenging research questions
  • Disseminate your work via leading publication and conference venues
  • Support research that impacts broad-ranging national security areas in the broadly defined domains of the electrical grid, military, and other critical systems.

The selected applicant can work a combination of onsite and offsite work. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, or in a related field
  • Experience in research and publishing in power electronic components and systems
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proven experimental research in experimental power electronics
  • Demonstrated experimental research in advanced controls
  • Proven experimental research in materials and devices
  • Familiarity with thermal management or heat-transfer means for power electronic systems
  • Experience with analysis, modeling, and simulation of power electronic systems
  • Experience in design, maintenance, and operation of power electronic systems
  • Experience with real time simulators
  • Experience leading and completing multiple programs and projects
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external sponsors
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple simultaneous tasks

About Our Team:

Department 1331 is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Strategic Partnership Programs. Our capabilities include experimental electromagnetics, the design and manufacturing of advanced power electronics, compact high current drivers, development and analysis of advanced materials and components, and plasma physics. Department 1331 employs a comprehensive research approach that includes analysis, simulation, and hardware verification. This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density Science (REHEDS) Research Foundation at Sandia.

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.

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.

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: 693334

Job Family: 92

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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Job posting number:#7241118 (Ref:Sa693334)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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