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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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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A challenging technical opportunity exists for a postdoctoral fellow to join the Power Source Research and Development Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting R&D activities associated with energy storage and energy conversion technologies. This Department works in a team environment to solve dynamic and exciting technical challenges related to electrical, mechanical, chemical, and electrochemical engineering disciplines. We are pursuing new battery technologies, architectures, fabrication processes, and modeling in our design and development projects that offer significant opportunities for major technical advancements. Critical to these development activities are our independent prototype test facility, the energy storage analysis laboratory, battery abuse testing laboratory, and our leadership in battery safety R&D. Key responsibilities of this job include leading research activities in battery safety, characterization, and testing. Communication of results in the form of reports to customers, conference presentations, and peer reviewed journal articles will also be an important aspect of this work. Familiarity with moderately hazardous operations and environmental, health, and safety work planning and controls is desired. Familiarity with energy storage technologies and materials or an aptitude to develop a background in this area is also desired. The successful candidate will work closely with team members in all activities in a highly collaborative work environment. Some travel (<10%) is required. The Post-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit outstanding Ph.D. applicants to assist a line organization in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work environment for the employee. The Ph.D. must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment. These assignments are for a one-year period, with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five additional one-year assignments.

Required:

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Material Science, Chemistry, Physics or other relevant science, engineering, or technology discipline.

  • Experience/knowledge of electrochemical methods, including the use of relevant test methods and equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience with analytical material test methods such as X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills demonstrated through publication and presentations.

  • Ability and desire to work in a team-oriented research environment.

    Desired:

  • ¿¿¿¿¿¿Demonstrated proficiency in electrical engineering and electronics preferred.

  • Experience with the science and engineering of energy conversion and storage.

  • Experience with testing, characterization, and destructive testing of electrochemical storage systems.

  • Familiarity measurement and automation software, including National Instruments or equivalent software.

  • Ability to lead applied research projects and interact with a broad range of customers.

  • Ability and desire to work in a team-oriented research environment.

    Department Description:

The Power Sources Technology Group’s Research and Development Department develops primary and rechargeable lithium batteries, hybrid power sources, and double layer capacitors for our customers in the DOE, the military, industry, and other Sandia organizations. The department endeavors to build on a leadership position in developing lithium batteries for energy and defense applications. In collaboration with others, we develop new power source concepts and materials leading to component development for specific applications. Our battery safety research and abuse testing laboratories are state-of-the-art and help us understand battery failures and lead our engineering efforts to produce abuse tolerant systems for nuclear weapons and other defense and consumer applications that include electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. To accomplish these missions, department personnel perform applied research, engineering design, hardware development, cell prototyping and fabrication, safety evaluation, and testing. Our personnel also partner with industrial battery manufacturers and other government agencies to develop prototype and final battery hardware. Technology transfer through CRADAs and other industrial collaborations is actively pursued.

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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