Postdoctoral Appointee - Optical Remote Sensing

Country: USA;

Deadline: 01.05.2017


The Advanced Remote Sensing Department has an opening for a Postdoctoral candidate to conduct research in active and passive optical remote sensing systems, including visible and infrared imagers, spectrometers, and spectropolarimeters, for a variety of customers and missions. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Provide technical expertise in designing and developing optical and electro-optical systems, as well as data exploitation and analysis; + Use knowledge of physical or geometric optics, radiometry, and laser physics. Job tasks will include research, design, modeling, analysis, and development in such areas as mechanical, optomechanical, electromechanical, structural, or thermal components and systems; + Apply technical knowledge and skills to the planning, design, development, documentation of results, and testing of mechanical, optomechanical, and electromechanical systems, assemblies, components, instruments, sensors and imaging detectors, lasers, and fiber optic products; + Apply integrated technical judgment, which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses, to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. + Root his or her work fundamental science and engineering principles. Specifically, the appointee shall use physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development, and apply scientific theories and laws and engineering methods to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems; + Will be expected to pursue additional funding opportunities via peer-reviewed proposal competitions, and to maintain a record of vigorous scientific and technical achievement through regular contributions to the literature; + Travel as required.

+ PhD in optics, physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field; + Strong understanding of radiometry and optical imaging or remote sensing systems; + Strong capability in modeling and simulation, data exploitation, and signal or image processing; + Experience using mathematical analysis with proficiency in numerical simulations, modeling and simulation codes, or experience with development of system simulations and analysis using MatLab, C++, or IDL + Ability to obtain and maintain a required US DOE security clearance.

+ Demonstrated familiarity with modern software engineering practices and tools; + Experience with multispectral or hyperspectral data exploitation, sensor performance assessment, and system design; + Academic knowledge of or past experience with satellite or remote sensing systems and payloads; + Familiarity with radiative transport and atmospheric simulation codes; + Experience with laboratory testing including test design and setup, making optical measurements, performing data acquisition, and conducting instrument calibration; + Fundamental understanding of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy; + Self direction and the ability to conceptualize and implement ideas without significant oversight; + Ability to conceptualize new sensor designs driven by mission; + Understanding of system engineering and architectures; + Experience writing proposals for new technical work and interacting with customer organizations; + Demonstrated ability to work on challenging physics and engineering problems in a fast-paced environment that requires extensive cross-organizational multi-disciplinary teaming, but must also be able to work independently; + Demonstrated attention to detail and commitment to producing high-quality products; + Record of excellent oral and written communication skills, including development and delivery of presentations and scientific and engineering documentation, journal contributions and reports.

Department Description:

The department advances national security missions through the development of innovative concepts for active and passive remote sensing systems, signatures, and exploitation. The department maintains a breadth of remote sensing competencies including target phenomenology, scene simulation, radiative transport, optical sensor modeling, spectral & temporal data processing, and algorithm development. This collection of competencies allows the group to develop novel, mission specific sensor concepts as well as assess and predict mission performance. The projects within the group span diverse mission areas including, but not limited to, Nuclear Nonproliferation, Weaponization, USNDS, DOD, OPIR, and the Intelligence Community. The department is actively engaged in program development and maturing enabling capabilities by transitioning research and development from across the laboratory through the LDRD process.

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: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-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 Q-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 : 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.
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