Job Information

Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Experimental Materials Scientist - Hydrogen and Other Extreme Environments 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.

Salary Range:

$113,500 - $223,500

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an experimentalist with a focus on materials aging to join our team (job title: R&D S&E, Materials Science). A primary focus will be on hydrogen isotope generation and solid storage materials. This work supports energy carrier, transportation, fusion, and national defense programs. Materials are often demand high performance in extreme environment service for a decade-or-more and may include compounding influences (such as temperature and/or radiation) for some applications. This is an opportunity to lead and grow a foundational experimental materials science research program, emphasizing process-structure-properties relationships for metals and their performance under extreme environmental conditions.

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

  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments, particularly to understand microstructure and aging of conventional and additively-manufactured metals.

  • Collaborate with a diverse team of fellow experimentalists, as well as engineers, theoreticians, machine learning experts, and others.

  • Share scientific findings with the wider scientific community in conferences and peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in metallurgy, materials science and engineering, or a closely related field

  • A record of first-author or co-authored scientific publications in the above areas within peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Previous experience supporting the Nuclear Security Enterprise

  • Laboratory experience characterizing transport kinetics and how microstructural changes lead to properties changes

  • Ability to design instruments for materials characterization, including safety planning

  • Documented experience collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and program development

About Our Team:

The Energy Nanomaterials Department is a research organization specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and national security applications. Projects and capabilities in the department's research portfolio include nanoporous materials for sensing, catalysis, energy harvesting, and gas storage; materials for energy and hydrogen storage; and nanoscale materials characterization including extensive electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation instrumentation, and X-ray diffraction.

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:

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 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.


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.

Job ID: 685078