Sandia National Laboratories Transformative Manufacturing - Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.
We are seeking a hardworking, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a dedication to innovative science in areas that span multi-scale additive manufacturing, soft/composite materials and synthesis, printed electronics, and co-design of materials, processes and devices. You will play a key role in contributing to critical national security research as part of multidisciplinary team of electrical/mechanical/chemical engineers and material scientists who are working to develop future technologies and manufacturing processes required for next generation optical, electronic, and mechanical devices. You will have opportunities to contribute across a spectrum of basic research and applied technologies, working from concept, design and simulation through fabrication and test.
On any given day, you may be asked to:
Conceptualize, design, fabricate and test additively manufactured devices using tools such as Nanoscribe, FDM, SLS, SLA, aerosol jet, and direct write extrusion printing for use in heterogeneous integration, micro optical devices, electronics packaging, non-planar electronics/power sources and metamaterials.
Optimize material systems and process parameters for multi-scale 3D printing
Develop and implement syntheses and processes for generating autonomous and environmentally responsive sensors.
Develop and demonstrate printable devices that integrate multiple functionalities
Collaborate across fields with other internal organizations as well as academic and industrial collaborators.
Publish original research in high impact journals and conference proceedings.
Support development of proposals for new programs with co-workers as well as contribute to creation of new research ideas
Document and deliver results and report findings to co-workers, customers, and the broader scientific community
Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or related field
Proven track record of innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, presentations and/or issued patents
Experience with mechanical design and additive instrumentation, electronics and testing
Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
Experience with multiphoton lithography materials and instrumentation.
Experience in circuit design and prototyping (eCAD), simulation software such as COMSOL, and opto-mechanical design and drawing (mCAD).
Familiarity with manufacturing processes such as microreplication, embossing, flexography/gravure, screen printing, semiconductor manufacturing, and printed circuit boards.
Experience with materials characterization including optical and electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, spectroscopy.
Project execution ability for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results
Proficiency with software programming and instrument control in languages such as Python, LabVIEW, and MATLAB
Ability to work across fields, and to seek problems in a highly collaborative environment
Strong self-motivation to work optimally as an independent contributor
Proven communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work in a collaborative team
The Advanced Materials Laboratory Department conducts research and development in a wide range of novel materials synthesis strategies and unique processing techniques to advance scientific understanding and provide practical solutions to the needs of a wide variety of Sandia customers and external entities. Specifically, activities in our research groups include; synthesizing new precursor chemistries and surface functional groups, understanding different routes to nano-scale particles and thin films, understanding the rheology of metal-particle inks and ceramic slurries, investigating new catalyst materials and conducting mechanistic studies of catalysis, and investigating the self-assembly of nanoparticles in 2- and 3-dimensions. Processing research and development includes providing a Direct Write capability that can deliver metal nanoparticle inks to topographically challenging substrates, electrospining of fibers of vastly different compositions, and combining different materials and processing strategies to realize disruptive advances in a variety of application spaces. Our customers include all of Sandia's mission areas and numerous external collaborators. Our laboratory facilities are located at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, a leased facility on the campus of the University of New Mexico. This geographical advantage allows us to work closely with students and faculty at local community colleges and UNM, as well as universities throughout the United States.
Our team is committed to nurturing environment 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.
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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.
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.