Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Growth, Processing, and Characterization

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7059158 (Ref.No. 668507)
Posted: August 8, 2019

Job Description

We are seeking Postdoctoral Appointee(s) to conduct leading-edge experimental research in the areas of: + Growth and characterization of carbon nanotube arrays for thermal applications + Study/develop laser surface annealing for innovative post-processing strategies + Growth and characterization of cermets (discontinuous metal films) with unusual transport properties + Growth and study of highly-disordered carbon films for sensor and energy storage applications + Growth and study of thin films to engineer magnetic fields at the nanoscale + Growth and characterization of superconducting films for advanced electronics + The primary emphasis will be on developing materials and processes for advanced applications (e.g. thermal cooling, energy storage, chemical sensing, advanced electronics), although other opportunities may present themselves based on discovery Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to: + Performing original studies correlating the growth of controlled material structures and compositions with desired properties (e.g. electronic, magnetic, thermal, and electrochemical) + Engaging in laboratory activities related to the synthesis, post-processing, and characterization of film coatings of materials such as carbon nanotubes, disordered carbons, cermets, semiconductors, and superconductors + Demonstrating leadership and self-motivation within a team-oriented environment + Publishing findings in leading journals and presenting conferences

+ You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, physics, applied physics, engineering, or a related discipline and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) + Experience in thin film materials growth and characterization + Record of original work to include conference presentations and publications in refereed journals + Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance

+ Experience in physical deposition methods (e.g. sputtering, pulsed-laser deposition, chemical vapor deposition) + Experience with post-deposition thermal and/or laser annealing, ion beam milling, and electrochemical processes + Experience making electronic and/or thermal transport measurements + Experience with structural measurements (e.g. electron microscopies, stress evaluation, Raman, AFM) + Ability to develop and maintain collaboration with leaders in the scientific community within and outside of Sandia National Laboratories + Curiosity about the world and a strong interest in connecting one's research to the larger context of science, society, and national security + A record of academic achievement as demonstrated by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate degree(s) and graduate degree(s) + Effective communication and interpersonal skills that foster effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers + Candidates should also have demonstrated creative problem solving and effective time management skills

Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative leading-edge research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of creative solutions for Sandia's broad and evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our research activities have broad impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings. Our main research focus is directed along three thrusts: 99. Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (including energy storage and corrosion) 99. Magnetic, Dielectric and Electronic Materials Science and Applications (including ferroics and composites) 99. Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, membranes, water treatment, and catalysis)

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:

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 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. : 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.


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