Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Albuquerque, New Mexico


A postdoctoral position is available in the Organic Materials Science department and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, NM. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to pursue research utilizing solid state NMR and NMR diffusometry techniques to look at a variety of materials related issues. See current efforts at

The successful candidate can become involved in a series of collaborative projects ranging from:

1) development of novel MAS NMR techniques to structure and dynamics in materials,

2) PFG NMR studies of transport in materials,

3) self-assembly phenomena,

4) NMR analysis of chemistry directed towards homeland security issues.


  • PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science, or closely related field plus bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Record of scientific research accomplishment, as demonstrated by authorship of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience in presenting research at scientific conferences
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE security clearance


  • Experience in either high resolution or solid-state NMR spectroscopy as applied to materials science
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal direction and with others in a collaborative teaming environment

Department Description:

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new organic materials and then optimizes their performance. We develop advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons and other national security and industry applications. The department specializes in synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, thermal/mechanical characterization of organic materials, organometallic chemistry, polymer carbon-based devices, and performs materials reliability studies for organics with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms. Current areas of R&D in the department include: tuning of dielectric and electrical properties of new polymers and thin films, reversible and degradable chemistries, carbon MEMS, metal-organic frameworks, shape memory materials, nanoparticle surface modification, polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, polymer degradation, radiation effects on polymers, elastomers, filled polymers, encapsulants and coatings, sensors, and extrusion. In support of these activities, we perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterizations.

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*

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*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, 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.