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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee Polymer and Metal-Organic Chemistry and Materials Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posting Duration:

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Appointee interested in performing fundamental research and development in the areas of polymer and metal-organic materials with a range of applications from optical and dielectric materials to additive manufacturing (3D printing). You will join a team of 6-8 researchers and will be encouraged to lead at least two experimental programs. Your research will include the study of the fundamental chemistry and physics of polymer and metal-organic materials in order to engineer materials with advanced chemical, mechanical, optical, and electrical properties. We use modern approaches in polymer chemistry and materials science, such as metathesis polymerization and dynamic covalent chemistry, to develop materials that are easier to process and possess better final properties. We rely on a range of characterization techniques including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, UV-Vis and FTIR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, impedance spectroscopy and pulsed electroacoustic analysis. You will be expected to contribute and execute innovative research ideas, present your research at various internal and external forums, and publish your research in peer-reviewed journals. You will also be provided the opportunity, if desired, to seek funding for research topics with the guidance and support of your staff mentor. This position is an opportunity for anyone seeking to transition from their PhD research in chemistry, polymer science, or materials science to a fast-paced research and development environment in a National Lab setting that provides opportunity for collaborative, innovative research.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in polymer science, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a closely related field

  • Experience in research involving polymer, metal-organic, and/or organic materials synthesis and characterization

  • Ability to acquire and retain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong publication record

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Strong work ethic and motivation to lead multiple research programs

  • Broad experience in polymer and materials characterization, including techniques in chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy, rheology, and thermomechanical testing

  • Experience or interest in additive manufacturing

  • Experience or interest in electrical testing and characterization of materials

  • Desire to mentor undergraduate or graduate students

About Our Team:

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new and advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons, national security and industrial applications. Our department is dedicated to scientific discovery, creativity, innovation and practical solutions for our diverse customers. The department specializes in aging science and predictive performance of polymers, synthetic organic and polymer chemistry, thermal, mechanical, chemical, and physical characterization of organic materials, and advanced manufacturing of polymers. We perform reliability studies for polymers with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms, structure-property relationships, and performance margins. Current areas of R&D in the department include: developing novel encapsulant materials, creating new thermoset chemistries for additive manufacturing, developing innovative NMR techniques to understand transport phenomena in polymers, measuring and optimizing electrical performance of polymer dielectrics, elucidating the interdependency of chemical change and polymer physics over long timeframes, creating reversible and degradable chemistries, understanding polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, measuring and predicting radiation effects on polymers, monitoring of reactive thermoset cure kinetics, and quantifying permeation behavior and spatially dependent degradation processes. We perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterization of polymeric materials that must perform over 30 - 40 year lifetimes.

Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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:*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.


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.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 685624