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Postdoctoral Appointee - Nanoscale Analysis of Materials
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Job Description


The Post\-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit outstanding Ph\.D\. applicants to assist a line organization in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work environment for the employee\. The Ph\.D\. must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment\. These assignments are for a one\-year period, with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five additional one\-year assignments\.

We are seeking a post\-doctoral appointee in the area of nanoscale analysis of materials for a position anticipated to start Fall 2017\. The selected candidate will conduct experimental studies using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques to investigate the inter\-relationships between structure, composition, and properties of materials\. Particular emphasis will be placed on interfaces and crystal defects and their influence on materials behavior\. Potential areas of research focus include quantum materials, thermoelectric materials, thin film coatings, and structural metals\. The appointee will work in a multi\-disciplinary environment that will provide opportunities for collaboration with specialists in a wide range of experimental techniques and materials modeling approaches\. The appointee will be responsible for conducting rigorous and innovative microscopic analyses, bringing deep materials expertise to the selected problems, and documenting research findings in the form of external, peer\-reviewed journal publications\.


+ Experience applying transmission electron microscopy to the nanoscale analysis of materials\.
+ A distinguished record of scientific research accomplishment, as demonstrated by authorship of publications in peer\-reviewed scientific journals\.
+ Ph\.D\. in materials science, chemistry, physics, materials engineering, or a closely related discipline within the past 5 years\.
+ US Citizenship; the hired applicant will be requested to obtain a security clearance\.
+ All applicants must provide a CV that includes a list of publications and contact information for at least three references and a cover letter \(2\-page maximum\) addressing their qualifications for this position and their research interests\. References may be contacted and requested to provide a written letter addressing the applicant's qualifications and suitability for this position prior to scheduling an on\-site interview\.


+ Experience using TEM and/or STEM for high\-resolution and diffraction contrast imaging, diffraction, and chemical spectroscopies \(e\.g\., EDS or EELS\)\.
+ Experience in writing and documenting code for data analysis, particularly in applications for quantitative image and spectrum processing\.
+ A foundational understanding of crystallography and crystal defects\.
+ Strong laboratory skills in TEM specimen preparation methods and in other materials characterization techniques\.
+ Strong written and oral communication skills\.

Department Description:

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 \(such as Metal Organic Frameworks \(MOFs\) and porous inorganic materials\) for sensing, catalysis, energy harvesting, and gas storage; materials for energy and hydrogen storage; thermoelectrics; and nanoscale materials characterization \(including extensive electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation instrumentation\)\. This organization supports a broad set of large analytic equipment critical to the operations of the CA site\. The department is a key element in a diverse set of Materials Science organizations and resources, managed both locally and across the corporation\. We partner broadly with other personnel within Sandia and many external institutions, taking advantage of our proximity to other researchers and facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California\.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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\.

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.