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R& D, Metallography Technologist (Early/Mid-Career)
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Job Description


The Metallography and Microscopy Group within the Energy Nanomaterials Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California is seeking a candidate to support and enhance the capability of its material characterization activities\. In this role, the candidate will have specialization in sample preparation using metallographic methods for the physical, chemical, and structural characterization of metal/alloys, polymers, ceramics, and their associated composite structures\. This position requires the performance of a variety of duties in such areas as solution chemistry, operation of instrumentation, computer interfaced applications, testing methods, and scientific data collection\. In particular, the successful candidate will be an integral part of a team effort that is responsible for the day\-to\-day operation of a metallography laboratory\.

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

+ Use and perform routine maintenance of tools and instruments for materials characterization tasks;
+ Maintain an organized, safe facility; following guidelines to prioritize competing demands for scheduling work assignments and tool use;
+ Complete work assignments and provide deliverables on schedule;
+ Work with field service engineers to keep tools and instruments in good working order;
+ Conduct productive interactions with customers and vendors;
+ Perform on\-the\-job training provided by senior staff and through external training to provide support for activities ranging from basic materials science research to applied materials characterization relevant to Sandia’s national security mission and to provide growth potential;
+ Be responsible for: all aspects of metallographic laboratory tools including cut\-off saws, polishing wheels, preparation of acid and base chemical solutions; working within chemical fume hoods as required; the use of these chemical solutions for polishing and etching; and both optical microscopes and hardness testers with computer interfaces;
+ Provide analytic services, and conduct data acquisition on these tools for a diverse customer base;
+ Be responsible for maintaining a culture of engineered safety, and will support the development and documentation of safety systems used in laboratory activities, including the design of operational procedures and drafting of technical work documents, e\.g\. primary hazard screenings \(PHS\) and standard operating procedures \(SOP\);
+ Be a motivated team member, be able to work independently when needed, able to contribute creatively to team efforts, and show aptitude with verbal and written communications\.


+ Associate’s degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering;
+ Experience operating metallography equipment including saws, polishing wheel, optical microscopes, and computers for data acquisition;
+ Experience working in a research and development laboratory;
+ Demonstrated ability to document techniques and results;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q level security clearance\.


+ Experience in milling, grinding, cutting, and polishing of microscopy samples;
+ Basic knowledge of materials characterization techniques that utilize light microscopy methods;
+ Basic understanding of microstructural features in materials;
+ Basic understanding of electrical and mechanical properties of materials;
+ Demonstrated interest in continuous professional growth through pursuit of additional training and educational opportunities;
+ Demonstrated dedication to excellent customer service;
+ A working knowledge of electron optics;
+ Certification in electron microscopy;
+ Experience overseeing operations in a laboratory with multiple users, such as maintaining laboratory inventory to keep supplies stocked, and other laboratory users trained;
+ Good housekeeping and lab habits regarding cleanliness and organization;
+ Experience executing multiple diverse tasks in parallel with high quality;
+ Proficient reading and writing skills;
+ Proficient with Microsoft office software and the ability to learn and execute other software packages for data acquisition and analysis\.

Department Description:

The Metallography and Microscopy Group within the Energy Nanomaterials Department of the Chemistry, Combustion and Materials center is a research organization specializing in the characterization of organic and inorganic materials for energy and national security applications\. This group supports laboratory programs through a variety of characterization methods that include optical microscopy; scanning and transmission electron microscopies; electron microprobe analysis; and macro\-micro\-nano indentation\. In addition, this department supports a broad set of analytic equipment critical to the operations of the California site\. The department is a key element in a diverse set of Materials Science organizations and resources, managed both locally and across the corporation\. Our department staff members partner broadly with personnel within Sandia and many external institutions, taking advantage of our proximity to other research facilities and staff 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 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 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

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.