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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Synthetic Materials & Chemistry in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 Postdoctoral Appointee - Synthetic Materials & Chemistry to join the Biological and Chemical Sensors team conducting research related to national and global security.

Are you passionate about performing multidisciplinary chemistry with a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists? Do you have the ability to interact with all members of the team, strong documentation and organizational habits, and communication skills that enable cooperation and success within a dynamic and complex work environment? If yes, then apply to join our department and become a key contributor and make a difference!

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

  • Plan, synthesize, and characterize novel organic and inorganic compounds and nanomaterials

  • Partner with experts in other fields including electrochemistry, physics, and engineering, to propose a rational basis of understanding of phenomena for novel materials

  • Follow the scientific method in addressing specific questions related to the use of new materials in critical applications

  • Communicate and document findings in reports and peer-reviewed journals

  • Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines including handling radioactive materials

  • Work both independently and in a team environment

  • Mentor undergraduate and/or graduate interns in an R&D setting

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science or related field

  • Proven oral and written communication skills as evidenced through a record of scientific presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in Synthetic Chemistry

  • Experience with air-free techniques such as Schlenk lines, gloveboxes, and vacuum apparatuses

  • Experience in the preparation and purification of organic/inorganic compounds, nanomaterials, and polymers

  • Experience working with radioactive materials

  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience in characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, TEM, SEM, TGA/DSC, UV-Vis, FT-IR, and XRD

  • Proven ability to interact with all members of the team, strong documentation and organizational habits, and communication methods that enable cooperation and success within a dynamic and complex work environment

About Our Team:

The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department at Sandia National Laboratories specializes in miniature sensors and sensor-based system for a variety of sensing applications including chemical, biological, and explosives. These sensors and systems can be built into wearable, handheld, UAV, or fixed/installed formats. We have a strong emphasis on nano, micro, and mesoscale fabrication in our R&D including the capability to integrate custom electronics developed in Sandia's MESA facility. We also have state-of-the-art microbiology capabilities to aid in biological sensor development. Our technologies are designed to be non-invasive or minimally invasive, and easy to use in the field or at the point of care.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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.

EEO:

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.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 687916

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