Postdoctoral Researcher: Carbon Nanomaterials Energy Storage

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7067906 (Ref:672519)

Posted: July 16, 2020

Job Description

Are you passionate about your work and dream of working at a state-of-the-art experimental facility to explore sophisticated problems? Join our creative team and tackle issues for our nation's security!We are seeking a Postoctoral Researcher to join our Carbon Nanomaterials Energy Storage R&D Team. On any given day, you may be called on to conduct leading-edge research in the growth and characterization of nanocarbon films. You will be part of a team of scientists and engineers. You may: + Investigate and understand the role of novel carbon nanomaterial structural characteristics with electrochemical energy storage properties. + Fabricate and process carbon nanomaterials films and powders using pulsed-laser deposition. + Assemble coin cells and study the electrochemical energy storage properties of carbon nanomaterial electrodes for hybrid supercapacitor and/or battery electrodes. + Engage in other materials-related projects that will likely arise over time in areas including, but not limited to, carbon nanotubes, novel tunneling transport materials, and nanoscale concepts for chemical sensing. ** Functions of this job include:** + Performing original studies correlating the growth and processing of controlled material structures and compositions with measured electrochemical energy storage properties + Engaging in laboratory activities related to the synthesis, post-processing, and structural characterizations of novel carbon nanomaterial systems + Demonstrating leadership and self-motivation within a collaborative team + Publishing findings in leading professional journals and presenting at scientific conferences

+ You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) + Experience in electrochemistry + Experience in thin film growth and characterization + Record of original work to include conference presentations and publications in refereed journals + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Security Clearance

** Qualifications We Desire** + Experience in film growth methods (e.g. pulsed-laser deposition, sputter deposition, evaporation, chemical vapor deposition) + Experience making electrochemical energy storage measurements + Experience with supercapacitor and/or battery studies + Experience with coin cell fabrication + Experience making and/or interpreting structural measurements (e.g. SEM, TEM, Raman, EELS) + Ability to develop and maintain collaboration with leaders in the scientific community within and outside of Sandia National Laboratories + Curiosity about the world and a strong interest in connecting one's research to the larger context of science, society, and national security + A record of academic achievement as proven by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate degree(s) and graduate degree(s) + Effective communication and interpersonal skills that build effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers + Candidates should also have proven creative problem solving and effective time management skills

Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative leading-edge research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of creative solutions for Sandia's broad and evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our research activities have broad impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings. Our main research focus is directed along three thrusts:1. Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (including energy storage and corrosion)2. Magnetic, Dielectric and Electronic Materials Science and Applications (including ferroics and composites)3. Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, membranes, water treatment, and catalysis)

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: *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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