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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Synthetic Materials in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join the Plastics Laboratory R&D Team conducting research in support of projects related to nuclear weapons, global security, and national security. Are you passionate about performing multidisciplinary synthetic work with a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity to become a key contributor to chemical synthetic efforts on our dynamic team.

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

  • Gain and utilize technical depth to contribute to research areas, including:

  • synthesis, characterization, and development of novel organic, inorganic, polymer, and nanomaterials and chemistries

  • understanding polymer materials and processes used in various nuclear weapon components
  • evaluating and developing functional and structural materials for mission-relevant application areas
  • Partner with a dynamic team of authorities in other fields including organic materials and advanced materials, to provide an understanding of physical and chemical phenomena of novel materials
  • Probe and answer specific questions related to the use of these materials in critical applications
  • Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines

Required:

  • You have, or are pursuing a PhD in chemistry, materials science or related discipline, plus you have a bachelor’s in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • You have a record of publications as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
  • Your experience includes laboratory techniques related to synthetics
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Desired:

  • PhD in synthetic chemistry
  • Experience with air-free techniques such as Schlenk lines, gloveboxes, and vacuum apparatuses
  • Experience in the preparation and purification of organic/inorganic molecular compounds, nanomaterials, and polymers
  • Your background includes working with radioactive materials
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience in a plethora of synthetic materials characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR, TEM, SEM, TGA/DSC, UV-Vis, PXRD, and SCXRD
  • Demonstrated capability to produce creative solutions for chemically-relevant problems
  • Good documentation and organizational skills as shown by publications and conference presentations

Department Description:

The department mission is to support Sandia programs by providing materials and processing expertise and prototype fabrication capabilities for a wide variety of polymer applications. We practice concurrent engineering with designers who are involved in the application of thermosetting, thermoplastic, and composite materials. We routinely use these materials to join, package, and provide structural members to satisfy demanding electrical, mechanical and environmental design requirements. This department also provides a wide range of analytical support. We do fundamental research on adhesion, support the stress and fracture mechanics modeling efforts with experiments, perform emergency production when necessary, and work with our customers to find the right material for the job.

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: 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, disability, or veteran status.

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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.

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