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Sandia National Laboratories Thermal Spray Characterization Scientist (Entry/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for nation's security? The Spray Research Technologies Department (1834) is seeking a R&D Materials Science Professional with a real passion for materials characterization and processing background and whose knowledge covers a broad range of (1) evaluating thermal spray microstructures to improve processing, (2) evaluating mechanical properties and adhesion for coatings and (3) using modeling to predict processing improvements.

On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Apply fundamental materials and metallurgical characterization to process improvements to thermal spray coatings
  • Develop fundamental materials and metallurgical characterization to mechanical property improvements for Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Develop creative technical solutions to challenging problems working with the TSRL team


  • You have an advanced degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Related Discipline plus a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Your background includes experience with materials and process development, characterization techniques, and process-structure-property relationships
  • You have experience with X-ray Diffraction
  • You possess an understanding of microstructures with Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q Clearance


  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience with Powder Materials
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Knowledge of Computer Programming (Python, C++, MatLab, etc.)
  • Experience with Mechanical Testing of Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Hands on Experience with Thermal Spray Technologies

Department Description:

Our mission is to provide Subject Matter expertise to the Laboratories in Thermal Spray technologies. We conduct state of the art research on the structure, processing, and properties of materials to improve the performance of coatings produced by 1) Plasma Spraying (Air and Controlled Atmosphere), 2) Twin Wire Arc Spraying, 3) Flame Spraying, 4) Cold Spraying and 5) Aerosol Deposition. We routinely support Sandia's engineers to solve a broad spectrum of materials selection, component design, component fabrication, coating process development, and process challenges by applying our fundamental materials science, physics, and chemistry expertise

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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*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.

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.