Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Gas Phase Reactions in Livermore, California

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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.

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We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to work on fundamental studies of elementary gas-phase reactions. Your primary duties involve using cutting-edge experimental methods to discover the mechanisms of complex chemical transformations. You will also have opportunities to apply the tools of theoretical chemistry to guide experiments, interpret the results, and validate chemical reaction models.

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

  • Perform experiments in complex low- and high-pressure gas-phase environments using laser photolysis or jet-stirred reactors.
  • Quantify reaction products and follow kinetics of elusive chemical intermediates in time using time-resolved mass spectrometry or optical spectroscopy detection.
  • Interpret experimental data using custom-built analysis tools.
  • Improve existing experimental apparatus or develop novel methods and techniques.
  • Use creativity in solving theoretical and experimental difficulties.
  • Interact with numerous experimental and theory collaborators at Sandia and other institutions.
  • Write papers and give presentations.

Required:

You will have:

  • PhD, conferred within the past five years, in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field, with a strong interest in experimental chemical reaction kinetics.
  • Experience in mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy, or other molecular probe methods in the gas phase.
  • The ability to transmit scientific results in the peer-reviewed literature, as demonstrated by a strong publication record.

Desired:

  • Knowledge of gas-phase combustion or oxidation chemistry
  • Familiarity with any of the following: quantum chemistry, transition-state theory, master-equation calculations, chemical modeling.
  • Experience with statistics, data analytics, or large datasets.

Department Description:

The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

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.