Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Concentrating Solar Technologies - High Temperature Water Splitting and Solar Thermochemistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD needs to have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
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We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated Postdoctoral Researcher to support projects on the materials aspects of solar thermochemical technologies related to concentrating solar power (CSP), including, but not limited to, hydrogen and fuel production, desalination, and energy storage. Your work will encompass new and creative R&D in concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies for the generation of electricity and fuels at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). The NSTTF is the only large-scale research and testing facility in the United States for CSP technologies. Work addresses enabling today’s CSP industry and performing R&D that will change the nation’s energy future. This outstanding team conducts its research and testing in partnership with the US Department of Energy, other national laboratories, industry, and academia while utilizing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. We have access to Sandia’s broader R&D capabilities and expertise, while simultaneously offering testing capabilities and services to other laboratory missions.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Independently conduct and deliver your own creative R&D activities or projects under leadership of senior staff. These activities and projects may be theoretical, computational and/or experimental. You will often work in teams that can include partners from other institutions;
- Work with Sandia’s technology transfer and licensing professionals to move successful R&D from the Labs to industry;
- Assist or lead in the development of proposals to seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in CSP;
- Disseminate R&D outcomes and the departments capabilities in various forms including journal article publications and by presenting papers at national and international conferences;
- Potentially represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications.
- PhD in a STEM-related discipline;
- Evidence of research expertise in the form of technical publications and conference presentations.
The selected candidate will have some of the following qualifications:
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related discipline;
- Proficiency in materials synthesis and characterization, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, heat transfer;
- Proven experience with one or more of the following: solid oxide fuel cells or electrolysis, thermochemical water splitting, or liquid metals;
- Experience in high-temperature test cell design, construction and operation;
- Background in one or more of: x-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, electron microscopy, and voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy;
- Understanding of concentrating solar thermal technologies;
- Proven communication and organizational skills;
- Ability to work autonomously, take initiative, and expand outside of comfort zone;
- Willingness to collaborate with scientists and engineers of various backgrounds.
Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels.
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- 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*
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This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
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