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Sandia National Laboratories RD Materials Science - Thermal Spray & Welding (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Our team is seeking a dedicated R&D Materials Science Professional with a strong materials processing background whose expertise covers a broad range of (1) experience leading programs from R&D to production qualification and (2) experimental and predictive capabilities.

On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Apply fundamental materials and metallurgical process development and property characterization principles to Thermal Spray Technologies

  • Develop technical solutions to challenging problems working with the TSRL team

  • Develop and lead a component production team

  • Interact with a variety of customers and supporting organizations

  • Some travel for business needs

Qualifications We Require:

  • Masters in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field plus a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)

  • Experience with materials and process development, characterization techniques, and process-structure-property relationships

  • Experience with robotics

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in research & development or production

  • Experience leading a program in R&D or production

  • Ability to collaborate as a member of a team

  • Experience working with external customers

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Experience transferring technology from R&D to Production

  • Knowledge of NW Mission and Systems

  • Hands on Experience with Thermal Spray Technologies

  • PhD in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field

  • Experience publishing papers in peer reviewed journals and presenting research at technical conferences

About Our Team:

The Thermal Spray & Welding department (1834) provides scientific and engineering expertise in the area of Thermal Spray coatings. Six distinct processing methods in two thermal regimes are used to spray coatings that include Polymers, Ceramics, Base and Alloy Metals, Refractory Metals and Alloys, and complex material mixtures. Our staff supports a variety of programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative innovative materials science to systems-based engineering and manufacturing based solutions

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

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.

Job ID: 685864