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Postdoctoral Appointee - Electrochemical Energy Storage

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of working at an innovative facility to help solve national security problems, such as climate change? The Electronic, Optical and Nano Materials department is searching for a hard-working Postdoctoral Appointee who is dedicated, self-motivated, hardworking, and interested in performing innovative research in various electrochemical, electrocatalytic, and energy storage areas.

We are an inclusive multi-disciplinary group. The team interacts with researchers at Sandia and universities working on various electrochemical projects including electrocatalysts and electrodeposition.

Opportunities exist to engage in other materials-related projects such as novel bio/chemical sensors, chemical separations, and various electrochemical energy storage systems as well as opportunities to acquire new expertise.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Perform laboratory studies to develop, fabricate and test new platforms for energy storage systems

+ Investigate relevant faradaic reactions and prepare low temperature molten salt or ionic liquid systems to conduct relevant electrochemical studies

+ Collect and interpret electrochemical measurements such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, amperometric and potentiometric traces and battery cycling data

+ Perform vacuum deposition or electrodeposition of various materials

+ Publish findings in leading journals and present research at scientific conferences

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field and possess a bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field

+ Experience in electrochemical energy storage and/or general electrochemistry

+ Track record of publications and conference presentations (Please list on your resume)

+ Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience operating vacuum systems, glove boxes, and film deposition methods (e.g. RF-sputtering, evaporation, etc.)

+ Understanding of battery charge/discharge curves

+ Experience building energy storage devices

+ Experience with materials characterization techniques, such as; Raman, XRD, XPS, SEM, etc.

+ A record of academic achievement as proven by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate degree(s) and graduate degree(s)

+ Effective communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills that build effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers

+ Ability to effectively plan and manage time for diverse experimental requirements

About Our Team:

The Electronic, Optical and Nanomaterials Department provides innovation in the design, synthesis and development of advanced, multifunctional materials to satisfy unique needs in electronic, optical, electrochemical, structural and selective-molecular-binding applications. We control chemical and structural characteristics, from the nano- to the micro-scale, in inorganic and hybrid systems to explore material constructs and strategies aimed at optimizing and expanding material performance. Our efforts support DOE Defense Programs, DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE Electricity Distribution and Energy Reliability offices, other federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to use our research investments while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. Research thrusts include nanoparticle, nanofiber, and atomic layer deposited materials, thin films, passive and active materials for electronic, magnetic, photonic, electromechanical, and fluidic microsystems, self-assembly, and colloid chemistry.

The main research focus of the group you would join are:

+ Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (including energy storage, corrosion, electrodeposition and catalysis)

+ Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, chemical and bio sensors, membranes and water treatment).

Our team is committed to nurturing environment 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.


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: 683667



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-06 Expires: 2022-07-06

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

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