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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Electrochemistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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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.

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of working at a state-of-the-art experimental facility to help solve national security problems, such as climate change? The Electronic, Optical and Nano Materials department has a Postdoctoral Appointee position open for a dedicated and hardworking researcher interested in performing leading-edge experiments in various electrochemical and electrocatalytic areas, such as the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction! The Postdoc will develop and test new platforms for conventional CO2 reduction electrocatalysts in variable environments and conditions. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary group and interact with researchers at Sandia and Universities working on various electrochemical projects including electrocatalysts and electrodeposition. You will:

  • Fabricate, study, and optimize CO2 reduction catalysts

  • Fabricate CO2 separation membranes

  • Investigate relevant structure/chemistry/property relationships of the membranes and catalysts

  • Engage in other materials-related projects that will likely arise over time in areas such as novel bio/chemical sensors, chemical separations, and electrochemical energy storage.

    We fully expect that the successful candidate will not have the entire range of desired experience and will help them grow and acquire new expertise while working at Sandia. Some travel will be required.

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

  • Perform original laboratory studies to develop and test new platforms for CO2 reduction electrocatalysts.

  • Fundamentally understand advanced electrocatalytic testing as well as nanoscale concepts (transport, confinement) for reactions and chemical separations.

  • Engage in activities related to the fabrication and testing of these nanoscale concepts, including:

  • Perform vacuum deposition or electrodeposition of various materials

  • Perform chemical surface modifications to alter surface charge or hydrophobicity

  • Perform electrochemical measurements in conjunction with mass spectrometry and gas chromatography analysis of products

  • Demonstrate self-motivation within a collaborative team environment

  • Publish findings in leading journals and presenting research at scientific conferences

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

    Required:

  • You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

  • Experience in electrochemistry and/or electrocatalysis.

  • Track record of original work, e.g. conference presentations, publications in refereed journals.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-Level Security Clearance

    Desired:

  • Some experience with vacuum systems

  • Experience in film deposition methods (e.g. RF-sputtering, evaporation)

  • Experience with Differential Electrochemical Mass Spectroscopy or conventional Mass Spectroscopy

  • Experience with Gas Chromatography systems

  • Strong interest in solving important national security issues and the larger context of science, society, and national security

  • A record of academic achievement as proven by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate degree(s) and graduate degree(s)

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills that build effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers

  • Ability to effectively plan and manage time for diverse experimental requirements

  • Candidates should also have proven creative problem solving

    Department Description:

    The Electronic, Optical and Nanomaterials Department provides innovation in the design, synthesis and development of advanced, multifunctional materials to satisfy unique needs in electronic, optical, electrochemical, structural and selective-molecular-binding applications. We control chemical and structural characteristics, from the nano- to the micro-scale, in inorganic and hybrid systems to explore new material constructs and strategies aimed at optimizing and expanding material performance. Our efforts support DOE Defense Programs, DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE Electricity Distribution and Energy Reliability offices, other federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to leverage our research investments while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. Research thrusts include nanoparticle, nanofiber, and atomic layer deposited materials, thin films, passive and active materials for electronic, magnetic, photonic, electromechanical, and fluidic microsystems, self-assembly, and colloid chemistry.

    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: http://www.sandia.gov

    *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.

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