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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Laboratory Support Technologist (Experienced) 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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Are you passionate about your work and want to join a dynamic research and development team? You could be the exceptional Laboratory Support Technologist (R&D Laboratory Support Tec) we are seeking to support our active ceramics design team. We are seeking an experienced and qualified candidate to advance our understanding of active ceramics materials, with a focus on improving our electro-ceramics synthesis processes, characterizing their chemical properties, and quantifying their electro-mechanical performance.

You will be asked to work on a high-performance research and development team to perform materials research, process development, chemical and electrical characterization, and design and fabrication of electronic/active ceramic materials and devices. You will engage in project efforts that are highly collaborative and team oriented in nature, working directly with staff members, technologists, and production operators across centers. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Develop ceramic powder synthesis and processing methods.

  • Perform wet chemical synthesis.

  • Develop ceramic fabrication and shape-forming techniques, sintering and densification.

  • Execute ceramic materials and device characterization (chemical, electrical) techniques.

  • Operate electro-mechanical testing equipment for materials and devices.

  • Utilize LabVIEW and PC-based data acquisition software and techniques.

  • Support of test systems integration and engineering.

  • Handle classified components appropriately, adhering to movement requirements, and following all security protocols.

  • Coordinate and track the progress of multiple batches of material, record data electronically, and process information on unclassified and classified networks.

Good verbal and written communication and documentation skills are needed. Our department has a strong dedication to Lean Six Sigma continuous improvement and high rigor with respect to ES&H and Security.

Required:

  • Associates Degree in STEM or related field, such as materials science, chemistry, electronics, mechanics, physics or equivalent experience and/or education

  • Demonstrated experience in materials synthesis and characterization

  • Demonstrated use and operation of common materials and electromechanical testing equipment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a national security clearance.

    Desired:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in STEM or related field, such as chemistry, ceramics, materials science, chemical engineering, biology.

  • 2 years of experience at Sandia National Laboratories.

  • Creative problem solver that is pragmatic and comfortable with managing ambiguity. An ability to learn and continuously improve.

  • Experience with ceramic powder synthesis and powder processing, wet chemical synthesis for ceramics, ceramic fabrication and shape-forming techniques, sintering and densification, and ceramic materials and device characterization (chemical, electrical) techniques.

  • Use and operation of electro-mechanical testing equipment for materials and devices.

  • Knowledge and use of LabVIEW and PC-based data acquisition software and techniques.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience with creating and maintaining safety & security documentation

  • Ability to collaborate with team members of diverse backgrounds for mutual mission success

  • Currently hold a DOE Q-level security clearance

    Department Description:

The FENG and Tube Lifecycle Engineering Department (7584) is responsible for the design and development of Neutron Tubes (NTs) and Ferroelectric Neutron Generators (FENGs) for War Reserve, Laboratory, and Field Test applications of Nuclear Weapons. Within the department resides the active ceramics (AC) design agency (DA), which executes technical maturation (R&D), material development, production support, and sustainment for the ferro-electric materials used in nuclear weapons and for electro-ceramic materials used in other national security applications. Activity categories include identifying new electro-ceramic materials precursors, developing wet chemical and powder processing synthesis approaches, characterization (chemical, electrical) of electro-ceramic materials and their precursors, electro-ceramic material-based device design and fabrication, providing design and problem-solving expertise for AC Production and for neutron generator surveillance—the entire lifecycle. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and zinc oxide varistor materials are the foundation for active ceramic components that are critical to the enduring nuclear weapons stockpile.

The AC DA also executes Technical Maturation for Additive Manufacturing (AM) of ceramic materials and partners with Department 7585 for metal AM and cross-cutting materials. We work closely with the explosive’s component organization and the local NG production agency. Department 7584 also partners with several multi-division teams including Nuclear Deterrence, Radiation and Electrical Sciences, the Neutron Generator Enterprise, Energetic Materials, Engineering Sciences, and Materials, Physics, & Chemical Sciences. By working together our department is flexible and resourceful, allowing us to contribute to our nation’s need for a reliable deterrent.

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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