Materials Synthesis, Thermal Processing, and Environmental Characterization Technologist (Entry/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7058770 (Ref.No. 668224)
Posted: July 26, 2019

Job Description

We are seeking a Laboratory Support Technologist to support materials chemistry, thermal processing and extreme environment testing at the AML. This position will support of a broad range of Sandia missions through materials development and deployment. The job will require a range of support functions, including general lab operations, chemistry experimentation, materials and thermal characterization, additive manufacturing tool operation, and related safety documentation preparation and review. Key functions include: + Development and testing of composites materials + Synthesis and characterization of precursors (Organic and Inorganic) + Coordinating with multiple groups for testing + Setting, running and analyzing samples with thermal processing tools (TGA, DSC, and related) + Setting up and monitoring chemical reactions using solvo-thermal and solution precipitation routes + Setting up and testing materials under extreme environments + Maintaining laboratory operations, including equipment servicing, repair, and modification + Interacting with and supporting numerous scientists and engineers engaged in materials research, troubleshooting, and failure analysis + Collaborating with key technical staff to realize their ideas and accomplish project goals + Working occasional overtime to meet program deadlines

+ Associate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), or equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience + Experience working in a laboratory environment + Experience in chemistry and chemical handling and/or additive manufacturing tool operations, and materials characterization at the molecular or macroscopic scale + Ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance

+ Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or a related field + Experience working collaboratively in team settings + Experience with pressure systems (pressurized gas delivery, regulation, safety) + Experience and basic chemistry laboratory skills + Experience in ES&H protocols and regulation + Mechanical interests and skills + Effective interpersonal and oral/written communication skills + Experience in and/or ability to organize tasks to enable work on multiple projects simultaneously + Detail-oriented mindset + Ability and desire to work independently + Outstanding work habits and self-motivation + Interest in learning more about thermal processing and materials science + A genuine curiosity for science and a love and aptitude for learning + Strong commitment to customer satisfaction, quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork + Ability to work with various levels of science and engineering students, postdocs, and technologist

Department Description:

The Advanced Materials Laboratory Department, 1815, conducts research and development in a wide range of novel materials synthesis strategies and unique processing techniques to advance scientific understanding and provide practical solutions to the needs of a wide variety of Sandia customers and external entities. Specifically, activities in our research groups include; synthesizing new precursor chemistries and surface functional groups, understanding different routes to nano-scale particles and thin films, understanding the rheology of metal-particle “inks” and ceramic slurries, investigating new catalyst materials and conducting mechanistic studies of catalysis, and investigating the self-assembly of nanoparticles in 2- and 3-dimensions. Processing research and development includes; providing a “Direct Write” capability that can deliver metal nanoparticle inks to topographically challenging substrates, electrospining of fibers of vastly different compositions, and combining different materials and processing strategies to realize solar energy conversion, CO2 sequestration, and advanced medical treatments. Our customers include all of Sandia’s mission areas and numerous external collaborators. Our laboratory facilities are located at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, a leased facility on the campus of the University of New Mexico. This geographical advantage allows us to work closely with students and faculty at local high schools, community colleges and UNM, as well as universities throughout the United States. Additionally, we are able to collaborate with a variety of world-class scientists that may not be U.S. citizens.

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: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-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 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 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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