Thread: R&D Geophysicist (Early/Mid-Career)

Started: 2020-05-05 21:33:23
Last activity: 2020-05-05 21:33:23
Sandia Recruiting
2020-05-05 21:33:23
Institution: Sandia National Laboratoires
Open Until: 2020-05-13

Are you passionate about your work and dream of exploring solutions within a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are soliciting applications for an early-to-mid career geophysicist to support and lead work aimed at improving this nation’s capabilities for monitoring underground nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. Your work will focus on data analysis and computational geophysics, and you will work with high-impact, cross-disciplinary teams to address important technical problems. You will initially support existing department R&D efforts, but, over time, you will be expected to apply your expertise to development of new R&D efforts within Sandia mission areas.

Our expectations of you will be to increase both Sandia’s and your own impact and standing in these programs by producing high-quality results, which can include classified or limited distribution work, publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, conference presentations, reports, etc., depending on customer requirements.

You will be expected to perform work according to Sandia values, which include serving national needs, delivering with excellence, respect for others, teaming, and scientific integrity.

Department Description:

The Geophysical Detection Technology R&D department performs geophysical monitoring research and development in support of Sandia’s mission as a national security laboratory. The team’s geophysics expertise addresses challenges surrounding ground-based nuclear detonation detection through next-generation algorithms exploiting multi-phenomenological data, advanced sensor technologies, and demonstration experiments.

The team has a broad range of expertise in field seismology, subsurface characterization, seismo-acoustic and infrasound modeling; evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems; and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. Technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab and field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia’s resource for ground-based monitoring expertise, partnering with departments across the labs to integrate multiple types of data—including optical, seismic, electromagnetic, infrasound, atmospheric, radionuclide—to address broad national security needs.

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 schedules, 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:
*These benefits vary by job classification.

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.


• You have a Master’s Degree in geophysics, seismology, or closely-related discipline, with an emphasis on modeling


• PhD in Geophysics, or closely related discipline
• Publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals
• Research experience in the one or more of the following technical fields: computational geophysics; seismology; infrasound; inverse theory, modeling and optimization, including full waveform inversion; uncertainty quantification, mathematical geophysical analysis; continuum mechanics; geophysical signal processing; compressive sensing; processing and analysis of field-collected data sets; computational physics; machine learning
• Experience in computer programming related to waveform processing and numerical computation for research applications
• Strong organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills, including the ability effectively communicate scientific/engineering concepts and results at multiple levels (highly technical to general audience)
• Ability to work effectively both individually and on teams
• Proficiency with at least one computer programming language (FORTRAN, Java, C, C++, Python, MATLAB)
• Experience defining and executing research and development efforts, from the proposal writing stage to delivery and dissemination of results
• Demonstrated professional mentoring of others

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.
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