Materials Scientist NMR Spectroscopist

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7063226 (Ref.No. 670767)
Posted: January 22, 2020

Job Description

Do you want to join a diverse team that solves challenging materials science issues of national interest? Are you passionate about your work and the development and utilization of NMR spectroscopy to explore solutions? The Organic Materials Science Department is seeking a research and development materials scientist to join our diverse and creative team. Your research will be grounded in NMR spectroscopy and will be directed at developing methods to address material chemistry concerns for a wide range of national security applications including organic and polymeric materials, composites, ceramics, glasses and other energy and Nuclear Deterrence related materials. You will work directly with material scientists, engineers, and physicists to characterize these materials and to answer specific questions concerning structure, dynamics, kinetics, aging and lifetime in materials. Your responsibilities will include the operation, maintenance and future vision of the NMR facility at Sandia, the development and implementation of NMR methods for characterization, and to develop new and novel NMR methods as applied to materials chemistry.

+ You possess a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics or related discipline plus a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) + You have experimental experience in the operation and development of NMR spectroscopy as applied to materials + Your Postdoctoral experience includes 1 or more years' use of NMR spectroscopy for materials analysis + You are Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

+ The ability to work in teams and with users with a wide range of specialties. + Experience in both solid state and solution NMR as applied to chemistry or materials science and the determination of structure-property relationships. + Research experience in solid MAS NMR and multi-dimensional and multi-frequency techniques. + Experience in trouble shooting, maintaining and updating NMR instrumentation, including cryogenic fills and variable temperature experiments. + Experience with other materials characterization techniques including the analysis of thermo mechanical, spectroscopic and other methods. + Experience in NMR analysis software such as Bruker TOPSPIN, DMFIT, and DNMR. + Experience in software use and development including (e.g. MATLAB, Python, C++)

Department Description:

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new and advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons, national security and industrial applications. Our department is dedicated to scientific discovery, creativity, innovation and practical solutions for our diverse customers. The department specializes in aging science and predictive performance of polymers, synthetic organic and polymer chemistry, thermal, mechanical, chemical, and physical characterization of organic materials, and advanced manufacturing of polymers. We perform reliability studies for polymers with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms, structure-property relationships, and performance margins. Current areas of R&D in the department include: developing novel encapsulant materials, creating new thermoset chemistries for additive manufacturing, developing innovative NMR techniques to understand transport phenomena in polymers, measuring and optimizing electrical performance of polymer dielectrics, elucidating the interdependency of chemical change and polymer physics over long timeframes, creating reversible and degradable chemistries, understanding polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, measuring and predicting radiation effects on polymers, monitoring of reactive thermoset cure kinetics, and quantifying permeation behavior and spatially dependent degradation processes. We perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterization of polymeric materials that must perform over 30 - 40 year lifetimes.

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.


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