R&D Postdoctoral Appointee - Biological and Chemical Sensors
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What Your Job Will Be Like:
We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking post-doctoral appointee to perform system or component-level design, fabrication, and testing of sensor, MEMS, and microsystem technologies for chemical and biological detection applications. Government agencies such as DARPA, IARPA, and the Department of Defense, as well as commercial partners ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies turn to us to develop next-generation chemical and biological sensor technologies to solve critical national security and commercial challenges. Our multi-disciplinary team of biologists, physicists, chemists, engineers, and computer scientists produces dozens of patents, talks, and publications each year.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Develop a portable chemical or biological sensor system to protect military or civilian personnel from emerging chemical or biological weapon threats
Utilize volatile organic compounds as biomarkers of health status
Use SNL-developed technology like micro gas chromatography columns, micro resonators, and ion mobility spectrometers to develop cutting-edge medical diagnostic sensors for patient care, climate monitoring, or environmental analysis
Use results from laboratory-scale analytical chemistry equipment to discover chemical or biomarker targets for unique national security applications
The Postdoctoral Appointee works onsite in New Mexico. The salary is set for this position at $95,500 annually (updated from $90,000 on 8/25/23).
Qualifications We Require:
Recent PhD in Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, or Engineering
Experience with one or more of the following:
chemical or biological sensors
chemical or aerosol analysis
wearable or portable detectors
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and/or conference presentations
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire:
Proven experience in the design, fabrication and testing of portable sensor systems
Knowledge of chemical sensor coatings and surface modifications
Experience using analytical chemistry equipment
Computer aided design (CAD) experience
Experience with greenhouse gas or trace gas analysis or sensors
Familiarity with microfabrication processes and procedures
Experience with data analysis and/or statistics using Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Minitab, or equivalent software
Research experience using volatile organic compound (VOC) markers for physiological monitoring
About Our Team:
The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department at Sandia National Laboratories specializes in miniature sensors and sensor-based system for a variety of sensing applications including chemical, biological, and explosives. These sensors and systems can be built into wearable, handheld, UAV, or fixed/installed formats. We have a strong emphasis on nano, micro, and mesoscale fabrication in our R&D including the capability to integrate custom electronics developed in Sandia's MESA facility. We also have state-of-the-art microbiology capabilities to aid in biological sensor development. Our technologies are designed to be non-invasive or minimally invasive, and easy to use in the field or at the point of care.
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.
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 L-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 the 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.
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
Job ID: 690898
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