Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Electrochemical Testing for Energy Storage in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experimental electrochemical materials science R&D for energy storage research. If you are passionate about research in these areas, consider this opportunity to become a Postdoctoral Appointee, where you will collaborate with accomplished scientists and use industry-leading equipment and facilities.

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

  • Prepare coin and pouch sized cells in a glove box or dry room
  • Process data from potentiostat and battery cycler software using Matlab and Excel
  • Participate in electro-mechanical testing of materials
  • Coordinate, perform, and/or analyze materials characterization (SEM, XRD, XPS, ToF-SIMS, TEM, nano-indentation, etc.)
  • Contribute to publication and presentation of scientific findings


  • PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in a chemistry, materials, physics or engineering-related field
  • Experience in the field of electrochemical energy storage
  • Experience with electrochemical testing
  • Experience fabricating electrochemical cells


  • Experience with Matlab programming
  • Experience with a glove box
  • Experience with battery fabrication (coin or pouch cells)
  • Experience with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Experience with materials characterization (any of the following: XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, ToF-SIMS, nano-indentation)
  • Experience with in-situ electrochemical techniques
  • Experience characterizing mechanical behavior of materials
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE clearance

Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts leading edge research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of creative solutions for Sandia's broad and evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our main research focus is directed along four thrusts:

  1. advancing materials & device understanding enabled by creative surface and interface characterization (i.e., for photovoltaics, electronic devices, battery materials);
  2. the development of nanoporous and nanostructured materials with tailored properties for enabling creative solutions for broad materials applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, water treatment, and catalysis);
  3. advancing our understanding and application of low-dimensional device materials (i.e., graphene, nanofibers, hybrid 2D-solids, quantum dots); and
  4. advancing the understanding of thermal science at the nanoscale for novel thermal management applications. Our research activities have broad impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings.

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.


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 must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral 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.