Postdoctoral Appointee – Wind Energy

Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 20 2018
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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.

We are seeking a creative and motivated Postdoc with a real passion to research and achieve high level results. As a high performing and passionate Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineer you will work with a multi-disciplinary team on innovative and creative wind turbine rotor design related work. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? You will join our dynamic team of scientists, researchers, and wind energy analysts who are solving challenging problems that move the wind industry forward in support of the Department of Energy mission. Your work will include computational model and algorithmic development and implementation tasks, as well as tasks related to the design of wind turbine blades of the future

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

  • Add improved capabilities in existing rotor design tools for structural and aerodynamic design and optimization of wind turbine blades. The design tool development will involve implementing advanced optimization routines for parallel computing, and includes coupling multiple Sandia-developed tools;
  • Utilize experience in areas of wind turbine blade design, blade design tools, and optimization and parallel computing

Department Description:

The Wind Energy Technologies Department performs research and development to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind technologies. This department is responsible for all aspects of wind turbine blade design, system reliability, system integration, and environmental evaluations and has been assigned the leadership role by DOE for wind rotor development. The team performs R&D on blade materials, airfoil design, structural analysis and design, and manufacturing processes. The department partners with universities in the areas of composite materials, aero-dynamics, probabilistic analysis, and embedded control sensors and actuators. Department activities range from high fidelity modeling and analysis of wind turbines/plants, to lab testing of components, to field testing of wind turbines at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX.

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*

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EEO Statement:

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.


  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or relevant discipline;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L- level security clearance.


  • Experience with wind turbine blade design or optimization methods;
  • Experience in solid mechanics, structural design using composites, and knowledge of the fundamentals of wind turbine aerodynamics are desired;
  • Experience with development of engineering codes is desired;
  • Technical background including wind turbine aeroelastic design and analysis are desired.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.