Job Information

Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Advanced Plasma Diagnostics in Livermore, California

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We seek a motivated postdoctoral experimentalist to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in studying low-temperature plasmas and plasma-assisted chemistry (e.g. combustion and catalysis). The position will focus on the development and application of laser diagnostics that will be coupled with mass spectrometry to probefundamental processes in plasmas.

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

  • Work as part of a team that includes experts in plasmas, optical diagnostics and spectroscopy, combustion, catalysis, mass spectrometry, and the kinetics and dynamics of chemical reactions

  • Conduct research under the mentorship of technical staff at the Livermore, California site of Sandia’s Low-Temperature Plasma Research Facility (

  • Work with collaborating researchers from the international plasma research community

  • Present results at national and international conferences and to publish in high-profile peer-reviewed journals

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in a physical science or engineering or other closely related field

  • Significant experimental research experience in low-temperature plasmas and/or laser diagnostics

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with one or more of the following: plasma physics, optical diagnostics, reacting flows, catalysis, gas-phase chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and energy transfer, mass spectrometry

  • Experience with a range of low-temperature plasma sources

  • Experience with LIF, Thomson scattering, EFISH, Raman scattering, CARS, photoionization mass spectrometry

  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary research team

  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences

About Our Team:

The California site of the Low-Temperature Plasma Research Facility is part of Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy, the CRF conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of chemically reacting systems, including plasmas, combustion, and catalysis. Research areas include laser diagnostics, chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, plasma and flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment. We operate state-of-the-art experimental facilities for laser-diagnostic measurements, with emphasis on highly resolved detection of chemical species concentrations in chemically reacting systems.

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.

Security Clearance:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 685926