Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Chemistry and Membrane Development

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7058310 (Ref.No. 668101)
Posted: July 3, 2019

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. : We are seeking a passionate postdoctoral researcher who wants to see their research have direct impact on innovative projects. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? You could join our dynamic team to use your experience to develop cutting edge solutions by using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to explore creative and unique solutions. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Synthesize new ion and/or electronic conducting oligomers and polymers + Prepare polymer and polymer-based composites for application as ion selective membranes for applications in electrical energy storage, separations and catalysis + Conduct fundamental analytical and spectroscopic inquiries into new membrane formulations and their functions + Integrate new membranes into prototype electrochemical systems/batteries + Collaborate with Sandia's multi-disciplinary environment and span the range from fundamental to applied research: both to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles and aid in the development of technologies transferable to U.S. renewable energy industries where relevant.

Required:
You have the following: + PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a related discipline + Publication record of innovative research in the related fields + Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE L security clearance

Desired:
You also have one, or more, of the following: + Good oral- and written-communication skills + Collaborative approach + Experience casting/processing polymers into membranes + Experience in self-assembly and other supramolecular chemistry concepts + Experience in molecular/ion recognition chemistry + Synthetic inorganic (materials) chemistry experience + General electrochemistry knowledge + Experience with electrochemical systems (Batteries, Capacitors, Electrolyzers) + Experience incorporating polymers into electrochemical devices + Proven project management skills + Ability to mentor undergraduate students and technologists

Department Description:

The Photovoltaics & Materials Tech Department, part of Sandia's Renewable Energy Technologies Group, conducts research and development and applies real world solutions to increase the viability of sustainable and clean energy systems. Research focuses on solar energy photovoltaics (PV), materials chemistry, and device integration for energy generation, energy efficiency, and carbon management. We apply PV and materials research to the following areas: PV cell technologies including Si, CdTe and CIGS thin films, and emerging technologies (i.e., perovskites), advanced PV module designs (i.e., bifacial, split cells conformable), concentrating solar power, hydrogen production, and batteries for grid and device storage. We work in partnership throughout Sandia and with industry, academia, and other national labs in research for the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office: Solar Energy Technology Office, Office of Electricity, the Department of Defense; and Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

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) L-level 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.



 

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