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Materials Mechanics and Tribology Technologist (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691936

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a research and development laboratory support technologist to support experimental work in materials science, specifically in understanding relationships between near-surface microstructure, chemistry and material performance! Are you seeking an opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team pursuing creative solutions to complex problems in research and engineering? Do you enjoy solving problems both independently and in collaboration with a team? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity.

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

  • Support mechanical testing of materials, including planning, setup and execution of experiments

  • Develop and maintain custom software (i.e., MATLAB, LabView) for computer-interfaced systems integrating motion control and data acquisition

  • Support development of custom testing capabilities, including computer aided design (CAD), coordination of fabrication and integration of system components, custom testing fixtures and upgrades to existing equipment

  • Perform troubleshooting and general maintenance of commercial as well as custom laboratory equipment

  • Develop documentation, including experimental procedures, data reduction and plotting, and compilation of test results

  • Handle the ES&H processes and paperwork for the laboratories

  • Support work planning and control efforts and job safety analyses

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science, chemistry, mechanical engineering, applied physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience

  • Experience in setting up, using and developing computer-interfaced test equipment and software

  • Experience with intricate mechanical systems that require manual dexterity for sample mounting and sensor adjustment

  • Experience with data plotting/manipulation and documentation related to experiments

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience operating, calibrating, and maintaining equipment including profilometers, electrical signal source meters, nanoindenters, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, digital cameras, optical microscopes, precision mass balances, programmable furnaces, gas handling systems, and ultra-high vacuum equipment

  • Experience with LabView, MatLab, and CAD software

  • Experience in the design and construction of electromechanical systems with data acquisition and control

  • Ability to complete complex experiments involving a wide range of equipment, and coordinate additional analyses as requested

  • Highly organized with attention to detail and self-sufficiency

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Documented experience working as part of diverse multidisciplinary teams

  • Active DOE clearance

About Our Team:

The Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department researches the mechanical behavior of materials and uses those findings to resolve the engineering challenges facing Sandia's national security missions. Our team has solved materials problems in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications ranging from routine material compatibility concerns to manufacturing scale issues. In addition to ND, we apply resources to the development of solutions for many unique challenges across several other mission areas. We also conduct basic research and contribute to the knowledge base in the mechanical and chemical interaction of materials through publication in the archival literature.To address these and other unusual challenges, we team with multi-disciplinary partners in developing novel and emerging processing and characterization techniques. Current activities include the development of high-throughput and in-situ methods for mechanical testing; highly customized tribological testing; and tribology of nanocrystalline materials. We collaborate extensively across Sandia and manage several million dollars’ worth of research programs. Our outstanding team includes winners of numerous science and engineering awards as well as holders of many patents.

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.

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 L-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 the 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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 691936

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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

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