Sandia National Laboratories Ion Beam Lab Accelerator Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you seeking an opportunity to support the research and development of advanced technological systems involving Ion Beam Analysis (IBA), Nuclear Microscopy, Ion Implantation (II), and Radiation Effects Testing of both metallic and electronic systems? If so, consider applying to become a Lab Support Technologist at the 3MV electrostatic Pelletron particle accelerator. In this role, you will have the opportunity to work in one of only a handful of ion accelerator laboratories like this in the world.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Maintain, operate and upgrade the 3 MV Pelletron accelerator, six beamline/endstation combinations, and related systems
  • Perform nuclear microscopy and radiation testing in collaboration with technical staff members
  • Work independently with minimal oversight
  • Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines


  • Associate’s degree in an electronics- or engineering-related discipline
  • Experience with general electronics and HV systems
  • Experience with developing vacuum systems
  • Experience with GUI programs such as LabView, Visual C, or similar or experience with software-hardware integration in accelerator-based environment


  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or related discipline
  • Experience in physics, nuclear physics, or an engineering field
  • Experience working with ion sources, particle accelerators, beamline and endstation components
  • Experience with software-hardware interfacing of accelerator components such as HV supplies, beam optics, and vacuum systems
  • Practical knowledge and experience in accelerator physics in general and in ion irradiation experiments such as IBA or II in particular
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Good time management skills

Department Description:

The Radiation-Solid Interaction Department operates the Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL). This state-of-the-art facility houses 4 major accelerators: a 6 MV Tandem, a 3 MV Pelletron, a 400 kV implanter, and a unique 100 kV Nano Implanter with a<20nm spot size. Other experimental facilities include micro beam lines on all the major accelerators, a pulsed laser deposition system for synthesizing unique films, and a TEM, equipped with gas, fluid, and nanomechanical stages, with in-situ ion irradiation available from both the Tandem and a Colutron source. The IBL engages in three major research thrusts:

  1. Understanding the performance of materials in radiation environments. These projects impact the performance of microelectronics in space and other hostile environments, and fuel and cladding materials in nuclear reactor and storage environments.
  2. Developing and applying novel ion beam techniques to precisely measure materials compositions. Applications in this area include mapping hydrogen isotopes in fusion wall material, and measuring the composition of thin complex materials such as transition metal oxides.
  3. Exploring the materials science of defects in solids. This broad area includes single ion implants for quantum applications, anomalous grain growth in nanograined materials, hydride formation under irradiation, and nanomechanical responses of materials.

In each thrust the department provides unrivaled capabilities to multidisciplinary teams with an interest in publishing high quality research and applying the results to problems of national interest.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.