Postdoctoral Appointee - Energetic Materials

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7080011 (Ref.No. 676919)
Posted: June 17, 2021

Job Description

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. : We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEE The Energetics Materials organization seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research and development in the broad area of explosives/energetic materials science. Your core responsibilities will involve examining fundamental mechanisms underlying historical materials processing activities and using that information to improve or create new and novel processing approaches. These efforts will facilitate advancement of low-technology readiness level (TRL) materials to higher TRLs suitable for production. Accordingly, you will apply a strong experimental skillset to investigate structure-property relationships as they relate to changes induced by processing and aging in metals and organic molecular crystal materials. Specific driving forces for change include, but are not limited to, heating and cooling, gas-solid interactions, mechanical deformation and fracture. Most work will be experimental in nature, however, strong skills in novel data analysis, working knowledge of computational materials simulation, and experience interfacing with modelers are all highly desired. Previous experience with energetic materials is not required, however, you should be both willing and, with appropriate training, capable of safely working with hazardous materials. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work both independently and as a member of a team. + Conduct investigations of physical and chemical changes associated with materials processing and aging + Support existing projects and develop new efforts in energetic materials science research + Present research at national and international technical conferences + Contribute to scientific publications in both internal and peer-reviewed open literature + Work in a dynamic team environment and manage time according to work demands

+ PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or related field + Experience with synthesis, formulation, or processing of inorganic and/or organic materials. + Good communication skills evidenced by a record of publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations at technical conferences

+ Experience in powder processing and characterization + Strong theoretical knowledge base in thermodynamics and kinetics + Demonstrated track record of interfacing with computational modelers + Ability to work effectively both independently and in an interdisciplinary team + Experience in handling energetic and other hazardous materials + Active DOE “L” or “Q” clearance

Department Description:

The Energetics Materials Department, Organization 7555 is an integral part of the Explosives Technologies Group at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Energetics Materials Department is located within the Explosives Components Facility and is responsible for the development, characterization and performance evaluation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics). This includes activities related to aging, materials compatibility, production process evaluation, material research/development and anomaly characterization as they relate to performance of energetic materials. In addition, the Energetics Materials Department is actively engaged in the development of novel explosives detection systems, new analytical methods of analyses and fundamental research into the understanding of initiation and detonation processes.

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:

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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : 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.

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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