What Your Job Will Be Like
The Geophysics Department is seeking a hardworking, collaborative, and dedicated Geophysicist (R&D, Geosciences Engineer) with interest and experience in serving as a subject matter expert (SME) in nuclear explosion monitoring and the design and execution of seismic field campaigns, and the analysis of data collected therein. You will serve two roles:
Geophysicst with experience in nuclear explosion monitoring in support of the development of the Geophysical Monitoring System (GMS). The GMS project is a large-scale development effort to re-engineer the primary nuclear detection monitoring system used by the Air Force Technical Application Center’s (AFTAC’s) U.S. National Data Center (US NDC).
Support geophysical field projects with various national-security objectives, ranging from border security/surveillance, ground-based nuclear treaty verification, natural resource characterization, waste disposal monitoring, climate change, and site geologic characterization.
We therefore seek individuals agile in the methods of nuclear explosion monitoring as well as general passive- and active-source seismology, with an interest and/or experience in exploration scenarios ranging in length scale from the near-surface to regional scales. You will be expected to increase both Sandia’s and your own impact and standing in these programs by producing high-quality results, which can include limited-distribution deliverables, publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, conference presentations, reports, etc., depending on sponsor requirements.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Support existing geophysics department R&D efforts as means of maintaining and/or growing their technical diversity and expertise. Longer term, the expectation will be to provide expertise to Sandia mission area programs and ultimately help define, develop, and execute novel, high-impact, cross- disciplinary team efforts within them that advance the state of the art. You will accomplish this by pursuing funding opportunities via a competitive internal laboratory-directed research and development (LDRD) proposal process and competitive proposal processes for both internal and external sponsors within Sandia’s mission area program portfolio;
Increase both Sandia’s and your own impact and standing in these programs by producing high-quality results;
Perform the work according to Sandia values, which include serving national needs, delivering with excellence, respect for others, teaming, and scientific integrity.
Qualifications We Require
Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline and a Master's degree in Geophysics, or closely-related discipline;
Ability to perform field work in remote environments;
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance with SCI access which may require a polygraph test.
Qualifications We Desire
Familiarity with the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) and their mission;
Experience in geophysical nuclear explosion monitoring;
Demonstrated researc experience in geophysics, such as signal enhancement (filtering, array processing, etc.), signal detection, signal association (event building), event location, magnitude estimation, event discrimination, waveform correlation;
Experience in data processing methods, such as refraction processing and common-midpoint reflection processing methods;
Demonstrated ability and desire to conduct field work. This may require permitting, working for periods of time at remote field locations, installation and maintenance of sensors, using energetic sources (such as explosives, weight drops, and vibrators), and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, laborers, and landowners;
Knowledge of various seismic and infrasound data formats and respective analysis methodologies;
Demonstrated proficiency in a Unix environment and Unix shell scripting as well as proficiency in one or more of the following languages: FORTRAN, C, C++, Python, MATLAB, Linux, SAC, GMT, SQL;
Strong organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills, including the ability effectively communicate scientific/engineering concepts and results at multiple levels (highly technical to high- level/programmatic);
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both individually and on teams as well as experience working on interdisciplinary teams;
Demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality results on-time and on-schedule under challenging circumstances;
Demonstrated ability to help customers define requirements and technical path forward;
Demonstrated experience defining and executing research and development efforts, from the proposal writing stage to delivery and dissemination of results;
Demonstrated ability to adapt to change;
Familiarity with developing operational real-time monitoring software;
Active DOE Q-level security clearance or DOD equivalent.
About Our Team
The Geophysics Department at Sandia National Laboratories performs geophysics research and development in support of Sandia's mission as a national security laboratory. We apply our expertise to address national-level challenges in Sandia mission area programs, including nuclear explosion monitoring, energy exploration and resource characterization in support of national energy security, nuclear nonproliferation, defense, homeland security, and nuclear weapons. The department has a broad range of expertise in field seismology and modeling, subsurface characterization, seismic, electromagnetic, atmospheric acoustic and infrasound modeling, evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems, and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. The department's technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab, field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia's resource for geophysics expertise.
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
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: http://www.sandia.gov
- These benefits vary by job classification.
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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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, disability, or veteran status.