Postdoctoral Appointee- Liquid nanoindentation of earth materials
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What Your Job Will Be Like:
The Geochemistry Department seeks a dedicated and motivated postdoctoral research scientist to investigate the effects of fluid chemistry on the nanomechanical properties of layered materials using in situ (in liquid) nanoindentation. This research program is designed to develop new fundamental understanding of the chemo-mechanical response and associated displacement bursts when stress is applied to anisotropic laminated materials. This research will build knowledge from nanomechanical measurements and slip modeling and connect these nano-scale findings to the field-scale observations. The planned experimental research will entail working with mica minerals and perovskite composites and using a Bruker Premier TriboIndenter to quantitatively connect interfacial chemical processes to nanoindentation-induced displacement bursts in layered materials. The selected applicant will perform laboratory experiments, analyze data, and write peer-reviewed publications. This position includes close collaboration with interfacial chemist, experts in nanomechanics, and statisticians. There will be opportunities to further develop various aspects of this evolving research project. On any given day, you may be called on to:
Design and perform nanoindentation experiments in the geochemistry laboratory
Analyze and interpret data
Read and summarize relevant literature
Write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
Conduct work in a multi-disciplinary team environment
Attend and present at technical conferences or program meetings
Qualifications We Require:
PhD in mechanical engineering, geomechanics, materials science, geochemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field
Experience with nanoindentation and/or other surface measurement techniques
Experience working in a chemistry laboratory
Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals
Qualifications We Desire:
Ability to plan and complete technical work
Experience with designing and carrying out laboratory experiments
Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
Experience in analytical chemistry method development and optimization
Ability to understand and work with a diverse set of experimental techniques
Ability to work independently and in a team environment showing initiative and leadership
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Commitment to safety, security, and quality of research
Ability to present research findings at national and international meetings
About Our Team:
The Geochemistry Department has expertise in three areas: 1) molecular-scale modeling, 2) experimental geochemistry, and 3) applied environmental/chemical engineering. We tackle geosciences-related problems with an application for carbon sequestration, unconventional oil and gas recovery, nuclear waste management, and environmental remediation. In addition, we reach beyond the subsurface environment looking at nuclear weapons applications and air-borne contaminant detection and removal. Program focus is currently on chemical effects on fracture initiation and propagation, heterogeneous redox chemistry on clay mineral surfaces, coupled geochemistry and geomechanics in shales, and permeable reactive barriers for soil radionuclide remediation. Computing facilities for molecular modeling include a cluster (CPU nodes, GPU nodes) maintained by the Geochemistry Department as well as the Sandia High Performance Computing. In addition, we have 3,000 square feet of laboratory space that includes the following analytical equipment: XRD, FTIR, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, TOF-MS, and SEM.
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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
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Job ID: 691886
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