Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Solutions for Hydrogen Generation and Storage

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

ID: 7104549 (Ref.No. 684106)
Posted: July 1, 2022

Job Description

Posting Duration: 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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: 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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking an experimental postdoctoral researcher to develop sustainable materials solutions for hydrogen generation and storage. The selected applicant will focus on design, synthesis and characterization of novel hydrogen-rich materials and molecules based on inorganic, organic, and organometallic clusters of main group and transition metals. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Synthesize and purify new compounds and characterize them with spectroscopic and thermal analysis techniques + Perform structural refinements using X-ray crystallography and neutron diffraction. + Collaborate with our team of theorists and other experimentalists (including people across Sandia, at other national labs, and in academia) in the rational design of hydrogen-rich materials. + Publish both first- and subsequent- author publications in chemistry/material journals. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant field with a strong emphasis on synthesis of new materials and molecules and their structural characterization. + Direct, hands-on experience with handling air-sensitive compounds, such as via Schlenk line or glove-box techniques. + Experience with standard analytical techniques (spectroscopy, diffraction, electron microscopy, porosimetry, etc.). + Evidence of extensive research expertise in the form of technical publications and conference presentations. + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Extensive hands-on laboratory experience and capable of independent and safe laboratory practices for synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, small molecules, high-entropy alloys, or porous materials (e.g. Metal-Organic Frameworks). + Knowledge of and experience with advanced characterization techniques, such as neutron methods, soft X-ray techniques, small-angle X-ray scattering, XPS, TEM, solid-state NMR, and mass-spectroscopy. + Background in hydrogen-materials interactions or materials-based hydrogen storage. + Demonstrated record of high technical achievement and the ability to conduct creative, independent research + Excellent verbal and written communication abilities About Our Team: The Energy Nanomaterials Department at Sandia is a research organization specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and national security applications. Projects in the department's research portfolio include applications of nanoporous materials (such as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and porous carbons); materials for energy and hydrogen storage; solid electrolytes; thermoelectrics; superconductors; and advanced characterization (including electron microscopy, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, porosimetry, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation). The team also employs data science and machine learning to reveal structure-property-function relationships and discover new materials.

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: 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. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 684106

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.