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R&D Laboratory Support Technologist, Explosive Materials Operations - Powder Processing (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693121

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Our team has a need for a hard-working, meticulous, and experienced chemist to join us in our Powder Processing Research Laboratory in the Explosive Technology Group. Our team is responsible for powder processing of high explosives and pyrotechnics including synthesis, recrystallization, formulation, milling, sieving, blending, and drying for production, as well as research and development purposes. In addition, characterization of processed material using particle size analysis, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), and Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) will also be performed as a part of this position. As a part of this team, you will partner with stakeholders to understand their powder processing needs and timelines, provide technical recommendations, prepare, and analyze explosive samples, and deliver high rigor and pedigree energetic material and data.

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

  • Work both independently and as a member of a team.

  • Assist in preparation and review of safety basis documentation for hazardous work performed in area of expertise, to include an understanding of remote explosive operations.

  • Assist in determining conditions under which operations are to be conducted, including safety and security conditions.

  • Perform recrystallization of monomolecular high explosives.

  • Formulate, blend, and sieve pyrotechnic mixtures.

  • Dry energetic material both as contact and remote operations.

  • Explosive material handling, sub-sampling, and characterization, using laser diffraction particle size analysis, NMR, IR, or other applicable analytical techniques.

  • Create, and work to, detailed work instructions.

  • Work in a dynamic team environment and manage time according to work demands.

  • Provide general laboratory stewardship such as environment, safety and health (ES&H) and security responsibilities, maintaining work-control documentation, managing property, and coordinating activities with other laboratories.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in STEM, including but not limited to, Chemistry, or Materials Science, or an equivalent combination of education and scientific lab experience.

  • Experience in chemical laboratory operations.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Three or more years of demonstrated scientific laboratory experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in synthesis, recrystallization, or formulation of energetic material.

  • Experience handling and working with explosives.

  • Experience working with hazardous materials.

  • Proven experience planning, conducting, and documenting high-quality, high-rigor scientific studies, to include authoring work instructions.

  • Demonstrated experience in setting up remote operations to include establishing and troubleshooting interlocks and remote monitoring.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in technical reports.

  • Demonstrated ability to be well organized and able to coordinate several tasks simultaneously.

  • Experience with analytical chemistry techniques. Examples are NMR, IR, X-ray Diffraction, Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analysis, Optical Imaging, Gas Chromatography, etc.

  • Willingness to be trained and qualified to work with explosive materials.

  • An active DOE Q clearance.

About Our Team:

The Explosive Materials Operations Department (7555-1) is responsible for laboratory operations in the areas of energetic material processing and formulation, environmental conditioning, non-destructive component testing, component disassembly, and material characterization. We partner with stakeholders to understand their material or testing needs, provide technical recommendations, and deliver quality material, data, and interpretation of results, thus enabling data driven decision making.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693121

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
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