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Sandia National Laboratories RD Materials Science - Metallurgist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing dynamic team?

We have an opportunity for a highly motivated metallurgist within our Metallurgy and Materials Joining Team. You will conduct basic and applied research in process science and engineering, with a focus on brazing technology. You would be responsible for materials selection and brazement design guidance, developing furnace brazing processes and specifications supporting numerous projects across the laboratories and with production vendors. You will be asked to participate in technical program development and management, support engineering applications, write technical papers and reports, and present results at program meetings and professional conferences. You will also conduct short term problem solving and failure analysis, in support of customer needs. Moderate travel to KCNSC, California, and vendor shops.


  • Your education will include an advanced degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, Welding Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline plus a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)
  • Your background will include materials and process characterization techniques, and process-structure-property relationships
  • A track record of both written professional publications and oral presentations as demonstrated with published papers in peer reviewed journals and presentations of research at technical conferences
  • Experience with welding and/or brazing engineering design concepts and technical specifications
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance


  • Highly-motivated with a real passion for broadening and deepening your scientific research capabilities through a challenging, high-profile research and engineering support program.
  • Strong communication, teaming, and interpersonal skills and an interest in working well with other all-star contributors.
  • A dedication to customer support, including a proven ability to understand and meet their needs is helpful.
  • Experience with joining processes such soldering, brazing or welding and related physical metallurgy concepts
  • Familiarity with manufacturing and related production processes
  • Prior project management or leadership experience
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques
  • Experience with process control concepts and techniques
  • Current L or Q clearance.

Department Description:

The Metallurgy and Materials Joining Department is the principal organization for metallurgical and joining engineering and research support throughout the Laboratories. We cover a broad range of experimental and predictive capabilities that apply fundamental process, physical and mechanical metallurgy principles. Specific technical areas include welding and soldering, special brazing and diffusion bonding, and mechanical behavior. The scientific focus is on materials structures, properties, performance and reliability. We support a variety of national security programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative and creative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions.

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:

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  • 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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.