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R&D Laboratory Support Technologist (Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 688530

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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.

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Laboratory Support Technologist to join a diverse team working on research activities led by scientists and engineers in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory (HEML). The HEML team designs, constructs, and operates a variety of systems to evaluate the properties of materials in high-pressure gaseous hydrogen environments. Technologists in our laboratory integrate subsystems for gas-handling of pressure environments, hydraulic mechanical controls, electrical diagnostics and controls, and data acquisition.

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

  • Work both independently and as part of team on multiple HEML projects

  • Assemble experimental equipment, perform tests, and collect data at the direction of technical staff

  • Design, fabricate, and modify low- and high-pressure gas-handling systems

  • Conduct mechanical testing of materials exposed to high-pressure hydrogen. This includes developing procedures, analyzing results and preparing documentation on test results and conclusions.

  • Design and construct fixtures and test specimens

  • Partner with customers, facilities, service organizations, vendors and research collaborators (both internal and external)

  • Develop safety documentation and maintain a safe working environment

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s in a STEM field or equivalent combination of education and work experience

  • Experience with instrumentation used in mechanical testing (e.g., thermocouples, strain gauges, load transducers, etc.)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with pressure, vacuum, cryogenic, hydraulic systems, power tools

  • Experience with data acquisition systems, computer control systems or transducer electronics

  • Basic machining skills (e.g. experience with lathes, milling machines, EDMs)

  • Understanding of instrumentation used in mechanical testing (e.g., thermocouples, strain gauges)

  • Strong computer skills, including experience with data analysis and computer-aided design and drafting (e.g. experience with SolidWorks, Python, MATLAB)

  • Strong written and verbal communication

About Our Team:

The Hydrogen and Materials Science Department provides expertise to both Sandia and the Nation to advance the infrastructure necessary to promote the use of hydrogen and its isotopes in areas relevant to Sandia’s energy and nuclear deterrence missions. Staff conduct research that spans fundamental science to engineered materials in nationally recognized experimental facilities for hydrogen science. Focus areas include: fundamental understanding of material structure and behavior with respect to compatibility and aging in gaseous environments, scientific basis for hydrogen safety codes and standards, gas and liquid behavior for risk analysis, development of hybrid water splitting processes for hydrogen production, and solid-state and liquid hydrogen storage. This expertise is applied to hydrogen end-use (e.g. air, marine, rail) application feasibility and performance assessments with industry partners. More information on the Sandia Hydrogen program ( website.

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: 688530

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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

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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