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Sandia National Laboratories Gas Transfer Systems Hydrogen Storage Materials Engineer (Experienced) in Livermore, California

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking an Engineer to join our dynamic team. You will be responsible for leading and growing a key Materials R&D portfolio within the Gas Transfer Systems (GTS) department. Gas Transfer Systems are components in nuclear weapons which store hydrogen isotopes (deuterium and tritium) for extended periods of time, and then deliver precise quantities of gas. GTS R&D is focused on taking advantage of modern computational, experimental, and manufacturing tools to develop materials and technologies that simplify system integration and optimize performance. The existing Materials R&D team includes about a dozen materials scientists, physicists, chemists, modelers, and microscopists at Sandia Livermore and Sandia Albuquerque. Specific activities under this R&D portfolio include multiscale materials modeling of storage material thermodynamics and aging; experimental measurement of hydrogen storage capacity and kinetics; microscopy of material morphology and microstructure; and chemical synthesis of novel materials. Responsibilities of the Materials R&D Lead include:

  • Host meetings with S&T colleagues to track progress of ongoing projects and ensure alignment between R&D activities and GTS technological needs
  • Guide and lead inter-lab interactions, including interactions with Sandia Albuquerque, Savannah River National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the NNSA
  • Produce technology development plans and promote new ideas for technologies within the broader GTS R&D strategy
  • Advocate for R&D funding and the need for GTS R&D, including proposal writing and solicitation
  • Manage and participate in ongoing and future work scope of R&D projects
  • Dissemination of results as internal reports and refereed journal articles

In addition to the R&D leadership responsibilities, you will be integrated into the broader GTS department and take on various GTS assignments. This scope of work can be developed and matched to an individual’s skillset and interest, and will include some of the following:

  • Partnering with production agencies (PAs) to realize next generation of GTS high pressure reservoir and explosive valve product in support of future weapon systems
  • Experimental GTS R&D work developing the next generation of GTS technologies and/or materials via experimental and analytical methods
  • Working with PAs to manage ongoing production of GTS components for stockpile systems
  • Mentoring early career staff
  • Development of strategic plans and long term goals for various aspects of the GTS R&D portfolio

Required:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or other relevant discipline
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time

Desired:

  • Three years or more of experience as a professional working on engineering R&D
  • Experience with multiscale materials modeling, including atomistic methods
  • Experience with experimental characterization of materials, including various microscopies and spectroscopies
  • Experience with component design and product qualification

Department Description:

The Gas Transfer System (GTS) Engineering Department is a group of engineers, material scientists, and technologists who are responsible for the design, development, and qualification of gas transfer systems for national security programs. Our work has three major components: scientific research, advanced component development, and engineering support of existing systems. Responsibilities include high-pressure gas reservoir design, explosive component design, development of welding technologies, and investigating the effect of hydrogen isotopes in various materials. The department operates a high pressure testing facility and a welding/brazing facility. Our personnel routinely interact with other Sandia engineering and research groups, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, production agencies (located in Kansas City, Savannah River, and Texas), the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.

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