Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Livermore, California
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.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee with experience in nuclear engineering, physics, or materials science to collaborate with a diverse community of senior researchers engaged in developing a comprehensive understanding of tritium transport in materials (including, but not limited to: austenitic stainless steel, zirconium-based alloys, and various intermetallic materials) both in- and out- of radiation environments.
On any given day, the you may be called on to:
- Design and execute laboratory experiments to probe deuterium transport in different materials
- Design and collaborate “capsule” experiments to study deuterium transport in research reactors
- Characterize material and microstructure (e.g. through optical and electron microscopy) in order to understand how they influence hydrogen isotope diffusivity and trapping
- Contribute to hydrogen transport models at various length scales to assist mechanistic understanding and to improve predictions of in-reactor tritium transport through multiple materials.
- Communicate your findings to colleagues, customers and the larger scientific community through conference presentations, technical reports, and articles suitable for publication in high-impact journals
Design and collaborate “capsule” experiments to study deuterium transport in research reactorsCharacterize material and microstructure (e.g. through optical and electron microscopy) in order to understand how they influence hydrogen isotope diffusivity and trappingContribute to hydrogen transport models at various length scales to assist mechanistic understanding and to improve predictions of in-reactor tritium transport through multiple materials.Communicate your findings to colleagues, customers and the larger scientific community through conference presentations, technical reports, and articles suitable for publication in high-impact journals
You have all the following:
- PhD in nuclear engineering, physics, materials science, or a related field;
- Laboratory experience including sample and instrument fabrication and data analysis;
- A record of first-author or co-authored scientific publications in the above areas within peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences;
- A willingness and ability to travel, as-needed, to assist in in-reactor testing and to present at technical conferences;
- Ability to obtain a Department of Energy Q-level security clearance.
You also have one or more of the following:
- Documented experience with experiments in research reactors
- Documented experience with characterizing hydrogen isotopes in materials
- Deep understanding of physical and mechanical metallurgy
- Design of experiments (including safety planning)
- Proven innovation – from planning to delivery of results
- Collaborative work habits – ability to efficiently leverage available expertise
- Inclusive research approach - ability to work with a diverse group of scientists and engineers
- Good interpersonal skills
The Hydrogen and Materials Science Department provides expertise to both Sandia and the Nation on the interaction of hydrogen (and its isotopes) with all types of materials. The Department performs scientific and engineering research to develop fundamental understanding on the aging of materials in gaseous environments, including hydrogen, and applies this understanding to determine its effects on the performance and reliability of materials relevant to Sandia’s nuclear weapons and energy missions. Department staff conducts research and development primarily for two important customers: 1) Gas Transfer Systems (GTS) for the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Enterprise; and 2) the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Department’s work covers a broad range of areas, including analyzing hydrogen’s long-term impact on materials used in fuel cell and gas transfer systems, developing solar thermochemical technology for hydrogen production, assessing the suitability of materials for hydrogen storage, advising hydrogen safety codes and standards, maintaining and enhancing nationally recognized core and enabling capabilities in hydrogen science, and initiating hydrogen storage and fuel cell market transformation strategies to bring technological advancements towards broad-based commercial availability.
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- 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*
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance.
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