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Geoscientist - Subsurface Energy Storage (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689929

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Bidder Eligibility:

Level promotions (Member to Senior, Member to Principal, and Senior to Principal) may be permitted, but are not guaranteed, on this requisition.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

Posting Duration:

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.

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If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, Geosciences Engineering (Experienced) Staff Member who can expect to focus on subsurface storage for energy security.

On any given day you may be called on to:

The successful candidate can expect interesting assignments within Sandia’s role as advisors to the Department of Energy on subsurface, geologic storage of energy. This includes the areas of subsurface storage in salt formations and other pertinent geologic formations. Our work focuses on national security needs such as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as well as the nation's efforts to scientifically address climate change through decarbonization of the energy sector via hydrogen storage, among other applications. Expect to find satisfying work under a variety of additional projects including laboratory research projects, small business administration projects, and others pertinent to national security and climate change. Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in geoscience or applicable engineering field plus 1 year experience OR equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

  • Evidence of work experience, projects or education in technical geologic applications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

  • Evidence conducting advanced research in geotechnical applications

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD degree in geoscience or applicable engineering field with requisite publishing and presentation capabilities

  • Quantitative geologist with expertise in developing conceptual and structural models for a variety of subsurface geological settings

  • Ability to communicate and work closely with non-geologists to translate goals of interdisciplinary projects

  • Demonstrated work within governmental management structures

  • Experience managing large, complex projects

  • Expertise in geographic information systems

  • Assist in integrating geological concepts into numerical and conceptual models of surface and subsurface engineered systems

  • Education experience applicable to geologic-based energy and storage systems

  • Experience mentoring students, staff and peers on institutional technical standards and norms

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories’ Geotechnology and Engineering department brings quantitative earth science expertise for scientific climate change efforts, national security projects and industry/university partnerships. The department is actively engaging government, fellow national laboratories, and industry to investigate subsurface storage of energy in suitable geologic formations for efforts to decarbonize the energy sector, advance hydrogen storage / utilization scenarios and contribute to the realization of our nation’s energy strategy. Our department hosts the scientific and technical advisors to the Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Our core competencies include geologic assessment; structural analysis of underground salt storage caverns; well casing analysis and risk assessment; cavern salt leaching mitigation strategies; cavern integrity monitoring via detailed and innovative geomechanical modeling; surface subsidence studies; microseismic analysis & monitoring; vapor pressure emissions control; oil chemistry analysis and implications; and other activities necessary to safely and effectively operate subsurface storage systems. The department also spearheads matrixed capability teams for investigation of subsurface systems including geochemistry, geomechanics, microbiology, risk assessment, fluid dynamics and system-level analysis of energy 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.


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.

Job ID: 689929

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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