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R&D Laboratory Support Technologist (Early/Mid-Career) (Onsite)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 691900

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D Laboratory Support Technologist to work in Sandia's Materials Chemistry Group. In this role, you will design and carry out experiments to elucidate the best formulation, processing conditions, and properties of polymers or organic compounds for a variety of long term and walk-in projects. You will participate in new and ongoing projects including formulation of new foams, desiccants and adhesives; long term aging of polymers; and processing of WR hardware (including encapsulation and conformal coatings). On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Cast and mold numerous polymeric materials

  • Apply conformal coatings and potting of electronic assemblies

  • Manage the lab area, including ordering supplies, coordinating equipment maintenance and repair, supervising casual laboratory users, and coordinating hazardous waste management

  • Collaborate with staff members to plan, design, set-up, and perform materials characterization, record, and interpret data.

  • Work independently as well as part of a collaborative team

  • Interact with customers and handle walk-in requests

Due to the nature of the work, the selected candidate must be able to work onsite at Sandia's Livermore location.

Salary Range:

$63,900 - $122,700

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Materials Science or other closely related field; or Associate’s in a relevant field and four or more years of directly related experience

  • Experience conducting experimental research in a laboratory setting

  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience installing and maintaining laboratory equipment

  • Experience with basic laboratory equipment and safety protocols

  • Basic engineering skills such as understanding mechanical drawings

  • Experience organizing data into notebooks, spreadsheet, reports and PowerPoint slides

  • Experience maintaining daily laboratory operations, including installing and maintaining equipment, sample preparation, data collection and data analysis.Familiarity with the operation of FT-IR, DSC, DMTA, and/or TGA

  • Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures

  • Experience in conducting research, investigating anomalies and recommending solutions on problems

  • Demonstrated ability to document techniques and results with good attention to detail

  • Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines

About Our Team:

The Materials Chemistry Department is a group of Chemists, Material Scientists, and Chemical Engineers who actively supports the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile by providing materials expertise to SNL's non-nuclear components. We use our understanding of chemical properties to design, evaluate and exploit monomers, polymers and functional materials. Our core competencies span foams, composites, adhesives, plastics, surface finishing and electrochemical deposition. We have the facilities for materials characterization, design prototyping and WR processing.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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: 691900

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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