Geomaterials Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7078559 (Ref.No. 676284)
Posted: May 15, 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. : Are you looking for an innovative and creative research environment? We seek dedicated individuals to join a team that specializes in developing cutting-edge and innovative solutions for problems in porous and reactive media, and for systems that are defined by chemical and mechanical coupling. If you are a hardworking and dedicated researcher, this may be the right opportunity for you! On any given day, you may be called on to: + Tackle science and technology problems at the forefront of subsurface science, including nuclear waste disposal and energy storage and development. + Present research finding at conferences, project meetings, and via peer-reviewed publications.

+ PhD in Chemical Engineering, Geosciences Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or other relevant degree + Training in material science, including complex mineral-based materials, such cements and concretes, clay minerals, or ceramics + Experience performing and developing cutting edge characterization of cements, concrete, or geomaterials + Proven ability to communicate as evidenced through a record of peer-reviewed papers and conference presentation

+ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop technical ideas and results and present them in oral and written form + Demonstrated ability to integrate information, datasets, and methods from multiple subject areas such as geohydrology, geochemistry, and geomechanics + Proven ability to coordinate diverse tasks and parallel activities across a multidisciplinary research group + Demonstrated ability to mentor and guide research efforts of students and junior staff + Demonstrated ability and soft skills required to participate in and perform in a team setting

Department Description:

The Nuclear Waste Disposal Research and Analysis Department develops a wide range of environmental analyses and solutions for quantifying and constraining the radiological risk from US DOE legacy nuclear wastes and commercial spent nuclear fuel. Research and development for deep geologic disposal of high-level radioactive wastes in various host rock environments is conducted to develop tools aimed at evaluating the safety of repository concepts. This work includes performing experiments, analyzing results, and developing mechanistic process models for the performance of both the natural and engineered barrier systems in a repository. The advanced technical understanding derived from these analyses is integrated and implemented directly into system performance assessments of nuclear waste repository concepts.

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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