Harry S. Truman Fellowship 2022 at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

Harry S. Truman Fellowship 2022 at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

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Location: Albuquerque, NM
Type: Full Time
Created: 2021-09-08 05:01:02

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This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


Do you want to perform innovative research in data science? Are you interested in autonomous systems and enabling future systems with a variety of machine learning techniques? If so, you could be one of the next Data Science Fellows at Sandia and join our dynamic team.

We are now accepting applications for the Sandia Data Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. This is a prestigious postdoctoral research fellowship with funding from Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. As a Sandia Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow, you will:

  • Address complex problems in support of broad-ranging national security areas

  • Collaborate with highly motivated researchers on challenging research questions using state-of-the-art computational resources

  • Present your work at leading publication and conference venues

We seek researchers with a background and interest in the broadly defined and interdisciplinary domain of data science to include machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical methods, autonomy and related areas. Data Science touches most of Sandia’s diverse missions, and we are particularly interested in applicants excited by the prospect of developing and applying data science techniques to scientific and engineering applications relevant to Sandia’s diverse missions including energy systems, cyber security, geospatial analysis, autonomous vehicles, and other national security systems.

In addition to Fellows in general data science, Sandia is also seeking applicants specifically interested in research of autonomy for flight systems to enable advanced, autonomous, and flexible aerospace systems operating in adversarial environments. These challenges span perception, situational awareness, real-time motion planning, mission planning and analysis, and cooperative teaming of diverse agents, as well as other potential challenges for autonomous aerospace systems.

We expect to hire multiple Sandia Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows in two categories:

  • One Sandia Data Science Fellow within the general areas of data-science described above

  • One Sandia Data Science Fellow in the special focus area of autonomous aerospace systems

The selected Fellows will receive a two-year appointment with the potential option for a third year, and includes a highly competitive salary, moving expenses, and a generous professional travel allowance.

You will be expected to pursue a combination of both self-directed research in your topical area and integration with existing Sandia R&D projects, under the guidance of Sandia staff mentors. A proposal on your research plan will be requested as part of the interview process. You are expected to publish the results of your work in leading journals and present your work at top-tier conferences.

Applicants should indicate their preference to be considered for the general data-science, autonomous aerospace systems, or both categories within your application materials.

Sandia National Laboratories is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives. Consistent with this dedication, we seek applicants from a diverse group of backgrounds, and we foster an inclusive research community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

To apply, please do the following:In addition to completing the online application, please also submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 3-5 page research proposal. Have three letters of recommendation submitted to [email protected] with "2021 DS Fellowship" as the subject line, and indicate your interest for general data science, autonomous hypersonic systems, or both in the email body. Completed applications received through November 16, 2021 (Mountain Standard Time) will receive full consideration.


  • You have, or are pursuing, a Ph.D. in a data science related area, such as statistics, applied/computational mathematics, computer science, or engineering, conferred within the past three years, or anticipated completion of Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment

  • Your background includes the appropriate research experience, as evidenced by a strong record of research publications and presentations

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and demonstrated interest and/or experience in service to the nation

  • No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory

  • You can acquire a DOE security clearance which requires US Citizenship


Ideally, your background would also include: (not all areas are expected of every candidate)

  • Proven ability to advance the state-of-the-art in data science, autonomous systems, or artificial intelligence fields and/or related fields of study

  • Ability to conduct self-directed research

  • Ability to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary research environments on problems comprising diverse application domains

  • Proven research community leadership through activities such as participation in student or professional organizations, outreach activities, etc.

  • Related professional experience such as internships in industry or at other national labs, participation in visiting research programs, etc.

  • A dedication to encouraging an inclusive culture, as proven in your application materials

  • Software development experience in C++, C, Matlab, R, Python, Julia, or related languages

  • Familiarity or experience with machine learning methods such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, or another form of artificial intelligence

  • International recognition for your research with one or more high-impact publications

  • Ability to travel for business and research purposes

  • For candidates applying to the focus area on autonomous aerospace systems: familiarity or experience with autonomous sensing, complex system guidance and control, data fusion, cooperative teaming, or adversarial gameplay, especially for aerospace systems

    Department Description:

    One of the country's largest research facilities, Sandia employs over 13,000 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 .

    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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

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.