Working with the CRF

As an Office of Science collaborative research facility, a key aspect of the Combustion Research Facility’s mission is to encourage the direct involvement of individuals, or “collaborators,” from the scientific community. The CRF hosts many collaborators each year, who work side-by-side with staff researchers to develop new research methods and approaches, conduct experiments exploiting new facilities and techniques, and solve high-priority combustion problems.

The CRF emphasizes collaborative investigations that lead to openly published results. Other models for supporting proprietary industrial research can be discussed. See CRF Sponsors and Partnerships for more information.

Visiting Researchers

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The Combustion Research Facility (CRF) has been host to many visiting researchers over the past 40 years from around the world. They include postdocs, university faculty and graduate students, high school teachers, industrial collaborators, and national laboratory and government researchers, many of whom have returned periodically to conduct research for more than two decades. These researchers, who work at the CRF for periods of weeks to years, have access to its unique optical diagnostics capabilities and its expert staff, which includes scientific and engineering experimentalists and theorists as well as supporting technologists and administrative employees.

Working side-by-side with Sandia staff members, visiting researchers develop new research methods and approaches, and conduct experiments exploiting the unique facilities and techniques at the CRF. The program also benefits the CRF through “cross fertilization.” Visiting researchers bring with them developments and unique knowledge from their home institutions that stimulate progress and bring new approaches to projects.

Becoming a Visiting Researcher

Potential collaborators of the CRF are encouraged to view CRF Research programs before contacting technical area staff with whom you’d like to collaborate.


The Combustion Research Facility’s international reputation is due in large part to its world-class team of Ph.D. researchers, technologists, and postdocs. The CRF offers the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on combustion-related problems of global interest using state-of-the-art laser diagnostic technologies and equipment. In addition to occasional temporary and permanent positions, internship and postdoc positions are available.


The CRF offers summer and year-round student internship positions in engineering and physical sciences to undergraduate and graduate students who enjoy working in an exciting R&D team environment and contributing to solving problems of national importance. These positions offer the opportunity for students to gain exposure to Sandia National Laboratories and to potential permanent employment following completion of their formal education. Undergraduate training in chemical, mechanical, environmental, or aerospace engineering or the physical sciences is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Postdoctoral Appointments

The CRF is always looking for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to join its research team. We offer a stimulating multidisciplinary research environment and access to unique collaboration opportunities with world-class researchers. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree within the last three years. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens.

Visit Sandia’s Student and Postdoc career opportunities site for more information.

Potential collaborators of the CRF are encouraged to view CRF Research programs before contacting technical area staff with whom you’d like to collaborate.

Looking for a career at the CRF? Current employment opportunities are posted on Sandia Careers.

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