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R&D Materials Science - Neutron Tube Production (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691137

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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:

We are seeking a Material Scientist to join our fast paced and diverse team!

The ideal candidate will have an experimental background in materials with a demonstrated ability to work independently to solve complex problems spanning multiple fields. The selected candidate will work to understand the physical properties of both conventional and additively manufactured (AM) ceramics and metals, metal/ceramic joining, and active ceramics of interest to the department. Department 7585 has a wide range of assets to fabricate and characterize materials (e.g. 3D printers, high temperature processing equipment, electron microscopes, x-ray diffractometers, and femtosecond lasers) but also leverages highly specialized facilities and experts across SNL and the nation to conduct its work. A self-motivated individual will excel in this position as they engage with people and build an effective team to solve difficult problems. This job offers the opportunity to grow into and learn many areas of science and engineering.

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

  • Perform experiments to improve understanding of basic science related to neutron generators, specifically AM parts, metal/ceramic joining techniques, and active ceramics.

  • Interact with the Neutron Tube Production Agency to understand and work to solve production problems and realize improvements

  • Write reports on results and give presentations both internally and at external conferences. Write computer code to analyze data or develop numerical simulations

  • Collaborate with other researchers throughout Sandia to achieve world class results

    Due to the nature of work, the successful candidate will be required to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

  • Strong experimental skills making detailed measurements on metals or ceramics.

  • Strong written and oral skills as evidenced by a history of publications and presentations

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Knowledge of metals, ceramics, and metal/ceramic joining technologies

  • Knowledge of high vacuum technology

  • Experience with pulsed high-voltage

About Our Team:

The mission of the Neutron Generator Applied Science and Technology Maturation Department is to conduct focused research towards the discovery, integration, and protection of the scientific knowledge behind the design, production, and sustainability of neutron generators. Our work uses computational modeling, materials science, chemistry, plasma science, high voltage & arc physics, advanced manufacturing methods, and neutron testing to support manufacturing and design. Along with our internal expertise, we also collaborate with a variety of internal organizations and external institutions to accomplish our goals. We apply this knowledge in creative and innovative ways for understanding the health of the existing stockpile, to design for the future, and to support national security. Research Areas within the Department include: properties of materials containing tritium, thin film structure of rare earth and transition metals/materials, surface and interface properties, gas-solid interaction, hydride formation and hydride thin film properties, encapsulation and mold release processes, plasma physics and modeling, and additive manufacturing investigations of metals and ceramics.

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: 691137

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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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