Postdoctoral Appointee - Synthetic Materials and Chemistry

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7066578 (Ref:671982)

Posted: May 28, 2020

Job Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in synthetic chemistry to join the Polymer and Composites Team conducting research related to national and global security and nuclear weapons projects. Are you passionate about performing multidisciplinary chemistry with a team of scientists, engineers, and technologists? Do you have the interpersonal skills, documentation and organizational habits, and communication methods to enable cooperation and success within a dynamic and complex work environment? If yes, then apply to join our department and become a key contributor and make a difference! On any given day, you may be called on to: + plan, synthesize, and characterize novel organic and inorganic compounds and nanomaterials + partner with subject matter experts in other fields including electrochemistry, physics, and engineering, to propose a rational basis of understanding of phenomena for novel materials + follow the scientific method in addressing specific questions related to the use of new materials in critical applications + review and modernize polymeric materials and processes used in various nuclear weapon components + communicate and document findings in reports and peer-reviewed journals + perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines including handling radioactive materials + work both independently and in a collaborative environment + mentor undergraduate interns in an R&D setting

Required:
+ Possess, or are pursuing a PhD in chemistry, materials science or related field, and possess a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) + A track record of scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Desired:
+ PhD in synthetic chemistry + Experience with air-free techniques such as Schlenk lines, gloveboxes, and vacuum apparatuses + Experience in the preparation and purification of organic/inorganic compounds, nanomaterials, and polymers + Experience working with radioactive materials + Knowledge, understanding, and experience in characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, TEM, SEM, TGA/DSC, UV-Vis, PXRD, and SCXRD + Interpersonal skills, documentation and organizational habits, and communication methods that enable cooperation and success within a dynamic and complex work environment

Department Description:

The Polymer and Composite team develops processes, builds prototypes, and deploys hardware in support of mission activities at Sandia National Laboratories and external partners. We specialize in new materials and applications while retaining the technical competency for legacy requirements. Our staff of scientists and engineers work closely with other departments to understand and improve materials found in a myriad of applications and environments. We specialize in adhesives, encapsulants, coatings, composites and maintain capabilities for synthetic chemistry and characterization. We routinely employ advanced manufacturing techniques to supplement traditional subtractive or machining practices. Our applications include components and widgets deployed in extreme thermal, mechanical or electrical environments. We rely on extensive historical knowledge and experiences to make decisions but push the boundary of possibilities through creative thinking, experimentation, and sound application of the scientific method.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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.


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