Postdoctoral Appointee -- High-throughput Materials Testing

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7080720 (Ref.No. 677152)
Posted: July 2, 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 hardworking and motivated postdoctoral appointee to conduct state-of-the-art research on high-throughput characterization and testing of materials. Be part of a vibrant team of scientists focused on developing creative advanced materials characterization solutions through inter-disciplinary research that couples materials science, high-throughput materials testing and characterization, and data science. Through interactive collaboration with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia, you will support a wide variety of research opportunities and mission related projects related to machine learning and artificial intelligence guided manufacturing of advanced materials. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Plan and perform experiments, install, repair, and maintain diagnostic tools, collect and analyze data with the goal of understanding how process parameters affect thin film microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties, and performance + Perform materials characterization such including various forms of microscopy, spectroscopy, diffraction, along with material property testing for properties including strength, toughness, hardness, modulus, adhesion and interfacial toughness, electrical conductivity, high-temperature stability, and other properties + Develop novel high-throughput characterization capabilities that augment and accelerate existing modalities + Publish professional journal articles and present work at local and national conferences + Interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia to develop new research opportunities and projects

+ Have, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, materials engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field + Experience with materials characterization including electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, and X-ray diffraction to characterize microstructures in thin films or additively manufactured materials + Experience in material property testing + A history of research success proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific and/or technical conferences (a list of publications should be included in the CV)

We do not expect any candidate to have all the attributes we desire, and we anticipate substantial on-the-job skill development. However, experience in any of the following categories are viewed positively: + Experience developing high-throughput materials testing including instrumented indentation (nanoindentation), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and micro/macro-scale scratch testing + Experience in custom hardware-software interfacing using Python, LabVIEW, or similar platforms + Experience with developing robotic automation platforms + Experience in materials database interfacing + Experience with material process science + Experience with magnetron sputter deposition methods or electroplating + Experience with microstructural, mechanical property, and film stress characterization + Experience or knowledge of machine learning approaches + Experience with programming for data analysis using Matlab, Python, LabVIEW, and Origin + Experience with electromechanical devices like micro/nano-positioners and force sensors + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance

Department Description:

The postdoc will join Sandia’s Grand Challenge Laboratory Directed Research and Development Team, “BeyondFingerprinting”. This project involves 23 staff-level team members, four University collaborators, and up to 10 postdocs spanning 10 unique Centers within Sandia. While the project team is embedded numerous departments across Sandia, the project is led out of the Nanostructure Physics Department at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a DOE national nanoscience user facility that is jointly operated by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory. CINT provides unique opportunities to publish cutting-edge materials science research in collaboration with visiting researchers from across the country and across the globe. Our team is committed to nurturing an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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. : 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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