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John von Neumann Fellowship 2022

Job Description:
Looking to advance the frontiers of research in computational mathematics and scientific computing? Are you passionate about impacting problems of national importance? If so, envision the opportunities as Sandia’s next John von Neumann Postdoctoral Fellow.
We are now accepting applications for the 2022 John von Neumann Fellowship in Computational Science. This is one of Sandia’s most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships with funding from the Applied Mathematics Research Program ( in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research ( and Sandia’s Lab Directed Research and Development Program. In this position, you will:
·       Address complex problems in support of mission areas of national importance,
·       Collaborate with highly motivated researchers on challenging research questions, and
·       Disseminate your work via leading publication and conference venues.
We are seeking applications from researchers in the broad domain of computational and applied mathematics, including algorithm analysis, applied probability, combinatorial scientific computing, control theory, data science, discrete mathematics, discretization methods, graph algorithms, high-performance computing, integral equations and nonlocal models, linear and multilinear algebra, machine learning, mathematical analysis, meshing, modeling & simulation, multilevel/multiphysics/multiscale methods, numerical analysis, operations research, optimization, ordinary and partial differential equations, numerical solvers, statistical inference, time integration, and uncertainty quantification.
We seek applicants with interest in making a positive impact through the advancement of computational methods for scientific and engineering applications, including additive manufacturing, circuit simulation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational solid mechanics, cyber security, data science, earth systems, electrical systems, hyperspectral imaging, machine learning, magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD), micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), material design, molecular dynamics, power grid, sensor data fusion, shock physics, signal processing, and turbulence modeling.
Sandia is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, we actively recruit applicants from a diverse set of backgrounds and foster an inclusive community.
The appointment is for one year, with the option of a second year, and includes a highly competitive salary, moving expenses and a generous professional travel allowance. You will pursue a combination of self-directed research and integration with existing Sandia research and development (R&D) projects, under the guidance of Sandia staff mentors. You are expected to publish the results of your work in leading journals and present it at top-tier conferences.
TO APPLY, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:Click "Apply for Job" on this page and submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 3-5 page research proposal.Have three letters of recommendation submitted to with "2022 VN Fellowship" as the subject line.Complete applications received through November 24, 2021 will receive full consideration.
·       You have or will receive a Ph.D. in applied/computational mathematics or a related area, such as computer science, engineering, or statistics, conferred after January 1, 2018 and no later than August 2022
·       A background that includes research experience in one or more of the areas listed above, as evidenced by a strong record of research publications and presentations
·       A compelling research proposal for self-directed research to be conducted as a von Neumann Postdoctoral Fellow. The research proposal must be mathematical in nature (broadly interpreted) and have relevance to computational, scientific, engineering, or analysis work at Sandia.
·       Appropriate background and experience to pursue the proposed work
·       Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship
·       Ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research environments on problems from diverse application domains and in partnership with specialists in other domains
·       Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
·       A dedication to encouraging an inclusive culture, as proven by past activities listed in your application materials such as outreach activities, trainings, etc.
·       Community leadership as evidenced via activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, organizational activities, etc.
·       Related professional experience such as internships in industry or national labs, participation in visiting research programs, etc.
·       Software development experience in C++, C, Fortran, MATLAB, R, Python, Julia, or related languages
·       Experience with high-performance scientific computing and large-scale computational simulation software
Department Description:
One of the country's largest research facilities, Sandia employs over 14,000 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California, in an exciting and highly collaborative multidisciplinary work environment. Our mission areas include nuclear weapons, energy, nonproliferation, defense, infrastructure, homeland security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity. We serve as stewards of important capabilities for the nation in scientific simulation and visualization, high-performance computing, and extreme-scale data analysis. Our state-of-the-art parallel-computing environment includes numerous large-scale clusters, visualization servers, and other specialized computing systems.
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.
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.
EEO Statement:
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.