Power Sources Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7089457 (Ref.No. 679560)
Posted: November 19, 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. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEE Are you interested in joining a dynamic team that addresses challenging issues for the nation's security? Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to R&D for the next generation of power sources for nuclear deterrence and beyond? Do you have a passion for problem solving, cross-functional collaboration, and developing new technologies? We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to conduct research and development on critical power source materials and devices. Our department has cradle-to-grave responsibilities within the Power Sources Technology Group (PSTG) at Sandia for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) customers and beyond, and this position carries the opportunity to impact our technologies along many points of their life cycles. Specifically, you will apply strong experimental skills to investigate materials synthesis, thermal transport, electrochemistry, energy harvesting, thermoelectrics, miniaturization, and early-stage novel power source prototyping. Most work will be experimental in nature, however, strong skills in data analysis and experience working with modelers will be beneficial. Previous experience with power generation and energy storage 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 involving material synthesis, electrochemistry, and power sources prototyping. + Support existing projects and develop new efforts in power sources materials science research. + Work in a dynamic team environment and manage time according to work demands.

Required:
+ PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or related field. + Experience with materials synthesis and characterization of structure, chemistry, and/or mechanical behavior of materials.

Desired:
+ Strong theoretical knowledge base in electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and heat transport. + Good communication skills evidenced by a record of publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations at technical conferences. + Experience with laboratory analytical techniques, including electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray microscopy/computed tomography, X-ray diffraction, etc. + Proven track record of working 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:

Our team is part of the Power Sources Technology Group, working on high consequence technologies that support critical Nuclear Deterrence systems. We support the entire product life-cycle from development to production and legacy components. We also engage in R&D activities to develop power source solutions for the future.

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: http://www.sandia.gov + 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.