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Chemical Analysis and Analytical Chemistry Technologist

Carlsbad, NM

Job ID: 691606

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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:

Are you passionate about your work and willing to join a dynamic team that helps seek solutions to issues facing national security?

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking technologist in the areas of chemical analyses and analytical chemistry to help our technical staff design and accomplish scientific investigations of the geochemical environment and conditions of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the world's only licensed and operating deep geological repository for the disposal of transuranic waste.

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

  • Set-up, perform, and monitor experiments

  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation as well as maintaining a safe environment

  • Qualify new instruments, develop maintenance logs, and monitor instrument performance

  • Prepare information for technical documents

  • Write and update laboratory standard procedures, safety documents, laboratory scientific notebooks, and log books

  • Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies

This position requires the selected candidate to reside near, and to work in, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Salary Range:

$65,300 - $125,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s in a STEM field plus experience in a laboratory setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Evidence of the ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures

  • Solid understanding of one or more standard laboratory instrumentation, such as:

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES)

  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

  • Ion Chromatograph (IC)

  • Gas Chromatography (GC)

  • Total Organic Carbon analysis (TOC)

  • ASAP 2020 Surface Area and Porosity analysis

  • Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer (SEM-EDS)

  • Mossbauer Spectrometer

  • Raman Spectrometer

  • Laser Diffraction Size Characterization

  • Dynamic Light Scattering Size Characterization (DLS)

  • Zeta potential analysis

  • Optical Interferometry

  • Thermogravimetric Analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry (TGA/DSC)

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR)

  • UV-Visible spectrometry (UV-VIS)

  • Gloveboxes

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-Level Security Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Biology, Geoscience, or closely related field (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or Materials Science)

  • One or more years of laboratory work performed in R&D settings

  • Ability to perform work in a safe manner and follow standard operating procedures

  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal direction, as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Experience working within thorough QA/QC requirements

  • Experience working in the area of aqueous geochemistry

  • Previous experience using laboratory equipment and instrumentation for high ionic strength solutions

  • Proven expertise in coordinating the management of multiple, competing sample collection, analysis, and data entry projects

  • Proven excellence in the technical field, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills including respectful collaboration and communication

About Our Team:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. WIPP is operated by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, under contract to the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). Sandia provides scientific advice to CBFO in many areas, including modifications to the repository's operating permits, periodic recertification of the repository, on-going monitoring of repository performance against regulatory requirements, and optimization of the national transuranic waste complex. The Repository Performance Department, part of Sandia's Defense Waste Management Programs Group, provides the experimental and fieldwork capability needed to assist CBFO in assuring continued and uninterrupted certification and permitting of WIPP.

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 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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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: 691606

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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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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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