Thread: Senior R&D Geomechanical/Geophysical Researcher

Started: 2021-03-11 23:30:11
Last activity: 2021-03-11 23:30:11
Sandia Recruiting
2021-03-11 23:30:11
Institution: Sandia National Laboratories
Open Until: 2021-04-08

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What Your Job Will Be Like

Sandia's Geomechanics Department is seeking a dedicated and hardworking R&D, Geosciences Engineer who is an experienced geoscientist with passion and interest in geologic site characterization and geomechanical testing. The selected candidate will support and lead a wide range of national security projects such as nuclear non-proliferation, energy security and climate security. Are you looking to support innovative and creative research? This exciting opportunity could be the one for you!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

• Analyze data and publish reports or journal papers
• Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers including geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, and other types of scientists and engineers
• Plan and conduct geologic/geophysical site characterization fieldwork or geomechanical laboratory experiments
• Propose and lead various projects

About Our Team

The Geomechanics Department addresses cross-cutting issues in the geosciences and geoengineering related to rock mass characterization, rock mass mechanics, development of numerical codes and numerical simulations, validation of material models and design procedures, and rock mass site monitoring. Supported by combinations of laboratory work and in situ observations, the Geomechanics Department emphasizes: characterization of natural fracture systems; identification and modeling of rock deformation and failure processes; laboratory determinations of thermomechanical and transport properties of competent rock and natural fractures, including studies of coupled effects; extrapolation of laboratory measurements to field conditions; in situ stress measurements and evaluation of in situ boundary conditions; and laboratory and bench-scale validation studies.

Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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 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:
*These benefits vary by job classification.


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.

Qualifications We Require

• Master’s degree plus at least 4 years of experience or a PhD in a Geosciences field or a relevant STEM subject area; OR equivalent combination of education and experience
• Proven written and oral communication skills as evidenced through conference presentations and professional publications
• Demonstrated experience and ability to plan and lead field campaigns or research projects
• Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

• Demonstrated experience in geomechanical testing, geologic site characterization, or other similar geoscience experiments
• Experience planning and executing geologic or geophysical fieldwork
• Experience with Geographical Information System (GIS) software and concepts for geospatial data
• Demonstrated ability to complete projects in a timely manner and within budget
• Experience conducting in-situ site characterization tests such as stress, permeability, or geophysical methods
• Experience in computational modeling and/or similar analytical methods such as machine learning or high performance computing
• Previous experience in proposal writing

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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