R&D Ceramic/Glass Materials Scientist (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7091263 (Ref.No. 680144)
Posted: December 18, 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. : Are you passionate about working with an array of materials characterization equipment and collaborating with world-class specialists in the field of ceramic and glass materials mechanics? If so check us out! We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Materials Scientist to perform groundbreaking research on materials and components for national security applications.Researchers employ a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to activities such as: + Designing and performing laboratory experiments on ceramic/glass materials and components. + Developing and implementing analytical and post-processing tools for fundamental discovery and materials characterization. + Collaborating with design engineers on appropriate materials, designs, specifications, and testing methodologies for applied problems. + Developing experiments for model and simulation input, calibration, and validation. + Authoring peer-reviewed publications on scientific findings. + Developing innovative processing solutions for next generation components. As a member of the technical staff at Sandia, you will have the opportunity to work with science and engineering leaders in the area, in a state-of-the art facility. The position involves a range of efforts from research into the structural behavior and mechanics of brittle materials (glasses, glass-ceramics, and ceramics) to assisting with component development and providing subject matter expertise to engineering personnel. The ability to handle customer relationships and meet deliverables on a strict product schedule are critical skills for this position. You'll have access to state-of-the art equipment and technology for ceramic and glass materials characterization and lab-scale production, such as a high temperature processing furnace, mechanical load frames, thermal analysis equipment (e.g., dilatometer, dynamic mechanical analyzer), and a hot-press for high temperature ceramic processing. Within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center, you will also have access to world specialists and innovative tools consistent with Sandia’s reputation as a world-leading research organization. Consider applying for this outstanding role in which you will have the opportunity to develop new insights through formulation and testing of hypotheses and contribute to solving problems of interest to the scientific community and to our national security. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

+ Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering, Glass Science Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field and possess a Bachelor's in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) + Experience in experimental techniques to develop processing-structure-property-performance relationships for ceramic/glass materials (e.g., mechanical, electrical, optical methods) + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

+ Experience with mechanical testing, familiarity with MTS or Instron load frames. + Experience with ceramic/glass materials mechanical property measurements and analysis. + Familiarity with analysis and characterization equipment (SEM, TEM, Raman, thermal, XRD). + Familiarity with the statistical treatment of materials, application to materials design. + Experience with ceramic and glass processing approaches. + Understanding of glass relaxation theory. + Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills as shown by professional presentations, peer-reviewed papers, and reports.

Department Description:

The mission of the Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department (1851) is to develop fundamental understanding of mechanical behavior of materials and to operationalize this understanding to resolve the engineering challenges facing Sandia's national security missions. The department has solved materials problems in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications ranging from routine material compatibility concerns to manufacturing scale issues. In addition to ND, the department also has a strong record of applying its resources to develop solutions for many unique challenges including hardening drill bits, lubricating satellite mechanisms, coating hypersonic rails, and even measuring the elasticity of eye corneas.To address these and other unique challenges, the department is also heavily active in developing novel and emerging processing and characterization techniques. Current activities include the development of high-throughput and in-situ methods for mechanically testing additively-manufactured (AM) metals and tribological coatings, highly customized tribological testing, digital image correlation, failure and deformation under complex loading, stress mapping using photo-luminescence and Raman spectroscopy, tribology of nanocrystalline materials, ductile and brittle fracture mechanisms, and 3D characterization of microstructure and components with destructive serial sectioning and X-ray computed tomography. The department members collaborate heavily across organizations within Sandia in New Mexico and California and manage several multi-million-dollar programs which currently include the Brittle Material Assurance Prediction Program (BritMAPP) and Materials Margins Assurance (MMA). As a testament to their effectiveness, in 2015 and 2016, staff within the department were awarded a national Asian Engineer of the Year Award, a national Black Engineer of the Year Award, a Hispanic National Achievement Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The department's technologists, postdocs, and staff have also been awarded several patents and intellectual property provisions. Our team is committed to nurturing a culture 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.

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. Job ID: 680144

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.