Postdoctoral Appointee - WIPP Geochemistry

Sandia National Laboratories

Carlsbad, NM

ID: 7077576 (Ref.No. 676023)
Posted: April 21, 2021

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. : 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. : **Do you want to join a dynamic team that helps tackle some the most complicated issues facing our nation's security?** We are seeking a dedicated and creative Postdoctoral Appointee in the areas of chemistry or geoscience to support scientific investigations of the geochemical environment and conditions of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the world's only licensed and operating deep geological repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. You will use your expertise, experience, and education with chemical analyses in brine systems to support the advancement of geochemical models for WIPP’s chemical conditions. You will join a multi-disciplinary team to identify analyses needing to be performed, design and conduct those analyses, leading to parameterization of the geochemical models for WIPP. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Support detailed studies toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of geochemical phenomena and of observable facts; + Assist with the development of new understanding and capabilities by using the scientific method’s hypothesis, test, evaluation techniques, and critical review or other engineering R&D methods; + Support the initiation, design, development, execution, and evaluation of new processes, products, and systems through basic and applied research. **_Applicant must reside in or have the ability to reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico._**

+ PhD in Chemistry, Geoscience or closely related field (i.e. Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Materials Science); + Experience or education with analytical chemistry methods and experimental design; + Experience or education with geochemical models, MATLAB, Python, or molecular simulation; + Ability to conduct and communicate creative, independent research as proven through a record of high technical accomplishment (e.g. publication in high-impact scientific journals, presentations at national/international conferences)

+ Working knowledge of the following instruments used in analytical chemistry: ICP-MS, ICP-AES, Ion Chromatograph, TOC Analyzer, Scanning electron microscope and Electron Dispersion Spectrometer, Gloveboxes, General: balances, pipettes, titrators, pH meters, stirrers, sonicator, glassware; + Experience and/or education with aqueous geochemistry and solute and solvent interactions; + Previous internship experience + Education and/or experience with geochemical models that utilize ion speciation-solubility parameters; + Experience and/or education with any simulation programs, and statistics software + Strong interpersonal skills including respectful collaboration and communication, oral and written communication skills, and proven record of excellence in the technical field.

Department Description:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. WIPP is operated by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, under contract to the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). Sandia provides scientific advice to CBFO in many areas, including modifications to the repository's operating permits, periodic recertification of the repository, on-going monitoring of repository performance against regulatory requirements, and optimization of the national transuranic waste complex. The Repository Performance Department, part of Sandia's Defense Waste Management Programs Group, provides the experimental and fieldwork capability needed to assist CBFO in assuring continued and uninterrupted certification and permitting of WIPP.

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: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

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.

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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