R&D S&E, Aeronautical Engineer- Wind Plant High Fidelity Model Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Job ID: 654465
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title: R&D S&E, Aeronautical Engineer- Wind Plant High Fidelity Model Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

We are seeking an R&D Aeronautical Engineer to work with a team to implement capability to enable high fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations of the turbulent flow through wind plants. The capability will be developed within the framework of an object-oriented, massively parallel, Sandia-developed computational mechanics code. The position involves working with a dynamic team of researchers, numerical methods developers, math model developers, and wind energy analysts working to solve challenging multi-physics problems. The candidate will be assigned computational model and algorithmic development and implementation tasks, as well as tasks related to verification and validation of the simulation capability.


The candidate is required to have a Ph.D., or MS with equivalent experience, in a technical field (engineering, applied mathematics or computer science) and extensive background in software design and computational fluid dynamics. Experience with distributed memory MPI programming and C++ is required. Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE ?L? level security clearance.


A working knowledge of fluid turbulence is required, while more extensive experience in modeling of turbulent flows is desired. Experience with finite volume or finite element methods and sparse linear algebra is desired. Knowledge of the fundamentals of wind turbine aerodynamics is desired.

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. For blades, the team performs R&D on materials, airfoil design, structural analysis and design, and manufacturing processes and partners with universities in the areas of composite materials, aero-dynamics, probabilistic analysis, and embedded control sensors and actuators. Department activities range from computer based design and analysis, lab testing of components, to full scale testing of wind blades at the SWiFT test site, near Lubbock, TX. The department has been assigned the leadership role by the DOE for wind system reliability, which focuses on tracking reliability performance of the US wind turbine fleet and directs appropriate resources toward improvements in turbine technology This department also leads basic and applied research efforts, sponsored by the DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, supporting development of tools and methods to improve device performance. Through partnerships with industry and public presentation of results, Sandia serves an important role in energy surety for the nation.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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Company: Sandia National Laboratories

Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2016

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