Materials Science Chemist (Experienced)
Sandia National Laboratories
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.
What Your Job Will Be Like
The Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML) within the Materials, Physics, and Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories seeks an experienced R&D Chemist with proven expertise in the formation of complex precursors for the production of composites and fibers. You'll have experience in the development of large-scale fibers, composites, and radiation stable materials. The position requires the ability to function within a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment working towards development of a variety of composite materials for a broad spectrum of applications.
On any given day you will be called on to:
Conduct fundamental research and development on new composite designs and performance with a focus on characterization of material behavior in extreme environments
Provide expert input on materials performance in a variety of settings using a variety of analytical characterization techniques with a focus on both surface and gas-phase chemistry
Partner with scientists and engineers across Sandia in discovery, testing, certification and qualification approaches to address materials needs for a variety of applications.
Provide technical expertise to decision makers within Sandia as well as across the government in support of program development and evaluation
Assist in the development of new characterization techniques to understand materials performance
Qualifications We Require
PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or other physical science with a focus on materials science or science with proven experience in materials discovery, analysis and development
Extensive background in the synthesis of precursors (transition metal, lanthanide, and actinide), materials (organic and inorganic), and composites (fiber, nanoparticle)
Proven record of experience in advanced manufacturing of high temperature coatings, fibers (reinforced), and composites for a wide array of applications.
Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance
Qualifications We Desire
Experience in composite fiber production at industrial scale
Experience leading large research projects with skills in project management, assembling teams and managing work to achieve deliverables and project goals
Familiarity with the large-scale synthesis, manufacturing, and testing of radiation hard materials
Demonstrated experience with sensor modalities for monitoring of system behaviors
Track record of productivity as demonstrated by publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international conferences (A publication list should be included as part of the CV)
Experience in working in a national security environment
About Our Team
The Advanced Materials Laboratory conducts R&D in a wide range of novel materials synthesis strategies and novel processing techniques to advance scientific understanding and provide practical solutions to the needs of our external and internal customers. Specifically, activities in our research groups include; development and synthesis of composite materials, synthesizing new precursor chemistries and surface functional groups, understanding different routes to nanoscale particles and thin films, understanding the rheology of metal-particle “inks” and ceramic slurries, investigating new catalyst materials and conducting mechanistic studies of catalysis, and investigating the self-assembly of nanoparticles in 2- and 3-dimensions. Development of marine energy materials, Processing R&D includes; providing a “Direct Write” capability that can deliver metal nanoparticle inks to topographically challenging substrates, electrospinning of fibers of vastly different compositions, and combining different materials and processing strategies to realize solar energy conversion, metalorganic vapor deposition (MOCVD), CO2 sequestration, and sophisticated medical treatments. Our customers include all of Sandia’s mission areas and numerous external collaborators. Our laboratory facilities are located at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, a leased facility on the campus of the University of New Mexico. This geographical advantage allows us to work closely with students and faculty at community colleges and UNM, as well as universities throughout the United States.
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.
Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!
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*
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*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.
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.