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Postdoctoral Appointee - Analytical Chemistry, Materials Reliability
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


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\.


The Materials Reliability \(MR\) Department is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support research and development efforts in our analytical chemistry laboratories\. This role offers the opportunity to collaborate in a multi\-disciplinary environment and to plan and execute critical analyses to solve materials forensics challenges and identify future research opportunities\. Additional opportunities include the development of a more fundamental or broader understanding of the process in question and exposure to a large variety of problems faced by the NW complex, allowing you to bring your talents to bear in solving these problems\.

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

+ Develop new methodologies or tools for measuring gas, liquid, or solid compositions and their impurities
+ Conduct and support research to further the understanding of materials aging, decomposition, or interaction with other materials
+ Learn about a variety of processes and products and select appropriate analytical tools to evaluate those processes and products
+ Communicate effectively with customers to determine their analytical measurement needs, design protocols, collect data, and provide reports
+ Collaborate with other team members to produce publications for peer\-reviewed journals and presentations for conferences
+ Travel to support research and to present at conferences


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment in Chemistry, Materials Science, Polymer Science or other related natural science field
+ Experience with separations \(gas and liquid\) and detectors \(mass spectrometry, FID, TCD, UV/VIS\)
+ Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer\-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE L clearance


+ Experience with different mass spectrometry ionization methods \(ESI, APCI, EI, CI, MALDI\), and broad analytical chemistry problem solving skills
+ Experience with and desire to:

- operate a variety of analytical tools
- design equipment or sampling equipment/protocols
- solve challenging materials problems \(contamination, interactions, degradation\)
+ Ability to articulate fundamental issues underlying the problems in their research field and/or complex results to a non\-technical audience
+ Leadership aptitude and ability to prioritize tasks and execute multiple projects simultaneously
+ Strong commitment to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

Department Description:

The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials\. The prime goal of the Materials Reliability Department is to ensure that effective materials\-related information is provided to customers who design and field high\-consequence hardware, such that long\-term reliability will be attained\. Our department's R&D activities focus on the needs of Sandia's Nuclear Weapons program customers\. We also provide support to customers in other areas including Energy and Environment and National Security Programs\. We have expertise in gas/solid interactions, corrosion and electrochemistry, and the aging and mechanical properties of ceramics, glasses and other brittle materials\. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement\. The MR analytical laboratories employ a suite of gas, liquid, and solid materials characterization tools \(GC, GC/MS, LC/PDA, UPLC/MS, DART/MS, IC, GPC, ICP/MS, ICP/OES, LECO, LIBS\) for solving problems and creating fundamental understanding of materials interactions and effects\. MR is part of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center \(Center 1800\)\. Center 1800 more broadly supports Sandia’s mission by helping predict performance and reliability of materials; developing/processing new materials through computation and synthesis; and the development of novel characterization and diagnostic tools & techniques\.

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 L\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and 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 L\-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

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.