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


A position is available within Department 1831 for a technical staff candidate who will be responsible for conducting basic and applied research in process science and engineering, with a focus on brazing technology. The applicant would be responsible for materials selection and brazement design guidance, developing furnace brazing processes and specifications in support of numerous projects across the laboratories and with production vendors. Other duties will include technical program development and management, supporting engineering applications, writing technical papers and reports, and presenting results at program meetings and professional conferences. The candidate will also be responsible for conducting short term problem solving and failure analysis, in support of customer needs.Moderate travel to KCNSC, California, and vendor shops,


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)
  • Advanced degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering, Welding Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience with 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 Q-level security clearance


  • Self-motivated with an interest in both broadening and deepening his/her 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 high-performing contributors.
  • A commitment to customer support, including a demonstrated ability to understand and meet their needs.
  • Experience with joining processes such soldering, brazing or welding and related physical metallurgy concepts
  • Experience with production and manufacturing
  • Project management and development 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 research and engineering support throughout the Laboratories. Expertise covers 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. Staff supports a variety of national security programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative, innovative 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:

  • 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*

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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.