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Sandia National Laboratories Materials Characterization Laboratory Support Technologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Our team is seeking a hardworking Research Laboratory Support Technologist. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Conduct materials characterization of surfaces to assist scientists and engineers in the performance of R&D, and perform qualitative and quantitative analyses for work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical applications of science or technology

  • Develop new experimental processes, utilize novel analytical techniques, establish new characterization methods, optimize existing laboratory and characterization techniques, and perform experiments

  • Develop, build, modify, repair, or maintain a wide variety of laboratory apparatus and equipment, and interface this equipment for data acquisition

  • Develop and maintain material and process specifications to support engineering and scientific processes and works with key suppliers

  • Perform data analysis and interpretation, statistical error analysis, materials characterization, and information extraction, and formally detail results for customers

  • Supports documentation and publication efforts, including the preparation of information for scientific and engineering publications.

  • Performs work in a safe and compliant manner, seeks out subject matter expert advice as needed, and maintains the necessary documentation


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), or the equivalent combination of related education and shown experience

  • Experience working in a research or laboratory environment

  • Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex laboratory equipment

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance


  • An understanding of the scientific method and experimental procedures

  • Skill and knowledge in one or more areas of physics, materials science, chemistry, computer science, optics, engineering, radiation, microelectronics, or semiconductors

  • Ability to apply analytical and computer skills

  • Ability to operate data acquisition systems

  • Knowledge of utilization of materials characterization instrumentation to measure and observe physical phenomena and effects

  • Ability to develop expert knowledge of materials characterization equipment (primarily scanning electron microscopy with related techniques such as electron backscatter diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy), and processes to enable making adjustments when necessary and to recognize when equipment malfunctions

  • Ability to conceptualize and communicate major elements of experimental design and results and to represent to other staff, management, and visitors, the scientific and engineering principles being investigated or developed

  • Experienced in conducting research, investigating anomalies and alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems

  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team

  • Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures

    Department Description:

The Materials Characterization & Performance Department supports Sandia by developing and applying a breadth of analytical techniques to assess the structure, composition, and properties of materials. We serve our customers by helping them understand material behavior and performance, develop improved materials for specific components and applications, as well as develop lifetime performance predictions for materials. By applying a breadth of techniques, including spectroscopic and diffraction techniques, light and electron microscopy, metallography, surface analysis, chemical analysis, and contaminant analysis, we provide materials understanding and solutions for: engineering components and structures, failure analysis of all types of materials, and research projects across a wide customer base. We serve the entire corporation in their material analysis needs and frequently other federal agencies and industry. We also act as a gateway to materials characterization capabilities within and outside of Sandia. We take pride in owning, maintaining and utilizing to the fullest extent the best instrumentation available anywhere.

Our team is committed to nurturing an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference

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.