Thread: Postdoctoral Appointee - Geophysical Acoustics/Infrasound

Started: 2020-04-28 19:44:20
Last activity: 2020-04-28 19:44:20
Institution: Sandia National Laboratories

Closing Date: 15-May-2020

​We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to investigate exciting questions in infrasound generation, propagation, and detection. Are you driven and detail-oriented? Are you intrigued by the opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, world-class peers in a variety of fields and to present your research in peer-reviewed journal articles and at conferences? If so, you may find this work invigorating!

On any given day, you will be addressing questions including:

* How do underground explosions generate infrasound, and what is the resulting acoustic radiation pattern?
* What is the detection range of an infrasound sensor on a stratospheric balloon?
* Is it possible to characterize the lower atmosphere via the ambient sound field?
* How do atmospheric turbulence and gravity waves affect infrasound propagation over short time scales?

Qualifications We Require

* PhD, acquired within 5 years prior to employment, in Geophysics, Atmospheric Science, Physics, Acoustics, or another closely-related field

Qualifications We Desire

* Proven research experience in infrasound signal processing such as spectral methods, signal detection, signal association, and event location
* 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 at a level tailored the audience
* Ability to obtain and maintain a SCI clearance
* A strong peer-reviewed publication record

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 Geophysical Detection Programs Department at Sandia National Laboratories develops and leads underground nuclear explosion detection and monitoring programs for global and U.S. national security purposes and also develops other geophysics-based detection and monitoring programs in other national security-related mission areas. We partner with other departments in the Proliferation Detection Programs group and with departments across Sandia to integrate multi-disciplinary capabilities into teams that can address broad national security needs in geophysically-based detection and monitoring. We strategically partner with our Federal sponsors, including NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development, AFTAC, and other government agencies to both define future and execute current detection and monitoring programs and also to identify and plan for near-, mid-, and long-term U.S. needs in these areas.

Hiring Manager

Steven Vigil

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start.

Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

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