Postdoctoral Appointee - Microstructural Mechanics of Metals

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7081633 (Ref.No. 677495)
Posted: July 24, 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. : Are you passionate about working with a full array of material characterization equipment, and collaborating with world-class experts in related fields? If so, you will want to consider applying for this unique postdoctoral role in which you will have the opportunity to develop new insights into the relationship between ductile material structure and mechanical properties. You will be part of a team with dynamic expertise including Digital Image Correlation, electron microscopy, X-ray computed tomography, thermal-sprayed coating, pulsed-power and high energy density physics, nano sciences, and energy sciences. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Plan and perform experiments, collect and analyze data to understand microstructure-properties relationships in metals. + Perform materials characterization including various forms of microscopy, spectroscopy, diffraction, along with material property testing for properties including strength, toughness, hardness, modulus, adhesion and interfacial toughness, and other properties + Apply various image and data processing techniques to produce statistics of mechanical properties + Combine materials processing knowledge to provide recommendations for additional and/or complementary testing to provide clearer understanding of material properties and microstructural arrangements + Interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia to develop new research opportunities and projects + Publish professional journal articles and present work at local and national conferences

+ PhD in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline + Proven track record in materials science with an emphasis on microstructure of metals + Experience with experimental testing for structural material properties of metals + Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE L clearance

+ Knowledge of crystallography and plasticity at microstructural length scales + Experience with mechanical design + Experience with electron microscopy and crystallography, and electron backscatter diffraction + Experience with materials characterization including electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, and X-ray diffraction to characterize microstructures in metals + Proficiency in digital image correlation + Familiarity with additive manufacturing of metals and material behaviors + Experience with programming for data analysis using Matlab, Python, or similar software + Understanding of metallurgy principles + Familiarity with three-dimensional data collection and analysis + Excellent communication and teaming skills + A strong publication record

Department Description:

The Ductile Mechanics Laboratory works in a few key areas: + Scientific discovery and peer-reviewed publications on structure-property relationships in metals. + Solutions for research and development problems involving mechanical properties of materials. + Relationships and dependencies among materials structures, composition, properties, performance, reliability and service environments. + Diagnostics and modeling that enable deep scientific investigations of material behavior and prevention of failure. The Department supports various mission areas: Nuclear Weapons, Defense Systems, Energy, and others.

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 L-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 the 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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