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R&D Laboratory Support Tech - Corrosion Science

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:

The Materials Reliability Department is seeking a Lab Support Technologist to support ongoing research in the area of corrosion science. The corrosion science labs employ a suite of innovative tools, techniques and equipment to probe the corrosion and aging behavior of materials relevant to national security, nuclear deterrence, and energy applications. This role offers an opportunity to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment and to plan and execute testing and analyses that influence a wide variety of programs.On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Communicate effectively with staff, customers and other technologists to determine needs, prioritize tasks and plan experiments

+ Prepare samples, chemical solutions and gas exposure systems to perform analyses

+ Conduct a range of physical or electrochemical tests, including data acquisition and analysis

+ Design new, or modify existing test configurations for non-standard test specimens

+ Maintain detailed records of your work

+ Perform all duties in compliance with safety, security, and quality guidelines

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or similar field or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ Experience working in a research and development laboratory setting

+ Basic laboratory techniques

+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Proven familiarity with electrochemical test methods (e.g., electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization, electropolishing, etc.)

+ Experience with basic machining processes and ability to safely operate machining tools such as a drill press, lathe, hand tools, etc.

+ Experience operating a mechanical load frame for material testing

+ Familiarity with pressure systems and ability to design, assemble and maintain such systems

+ Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well and work effectively in diverse teams

+ Strong verbal and written communication skills

+ Experience with MatLab and/or LabView

About Our Team:

The Materials Reliability team is a mix of staff with PhDs in Materials, Chemistry and Surface Science, and technologists with similar technical backgrounds. Currently, the work of the department is heavily focused on problem solving activities as well as fundamental materials research. The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. The prime goal of the Materials Reliability Department is to ensure that effective materials-related information is provided to customers who design and field high-consequence hardware, such that long-term reliability will be attained. Our department's R&D activities focus on the needs of Sandia's Nuclear Weapons, Energy and Environment, and National Security Programs. We have expertise in corrosion sciences and electrochemistry, gas/solid interactions and the use of various analytical tools and techniques to perform evaluations spanning a diverse range of activities such as compositional analyses of simple alloys to the identification of large biological molecules. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement. Materials Reliability is part of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center (Center 1800). Center 1800 more broadly supports Sandia’s mission by helping predict performance and reliability of materials, developing/processing new materials through computation and synthesis, and developing novel characterization and diagnostic tools & techniques.

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.

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

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.

Job ID: 683165



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-06-10

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