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R&D Materials Science - Analytical Chemistry (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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.


Our Team is seeking an experienced staff member to support research and development efforts in our analytical chemistry laboratories. Our analytical laboratories employ an expansive suite of gas, liquid, and solid analytical tools (GC, GC/MS, LC/PDA, UPLC/MS, DART/MS, IC, GPC, ICP/MS, ICP/OES, LECO, LIBS) to solve problems and further fundamental understanding of materials interactions. The Materials Reliability department is part of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center (Center 1800). Center 1800 more broadly supports Sandias mission by assisting in the prediction of performance and reliability of materials, developing/processing new materials through computation and synthesis, and the development of novel characterization and diagnostic tools and approaches. The selected individual will be encouraged to collaborate in this multi-disciplinary environment and to plan and execute critical analyses to tackle materials forensics challenges and identify innovative research opportunities.

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

+ Develop new methodologies or tools for measuring gas, liquid, or solid compositions and their impurities
+ Utilize existing tools and technologies in unique ways to solve complex problems
+ Further the understanding of materials aging, decomposition, or interaction with other materials
+ Learn about a variety of processes and products and select appropriate analytical tools to evaluate those processes and products
+ Communicate effectively with customers, determine their analytical measurement needs, design protocols and test methods, collect data, and report to customers
+ Work collaboratively with other staff, technologists and others both within and external to the Materials Reliability department
+ Publish and/or present the results of your work both internally and externally

This is an outstanding opportunity for a qualified individual to participate in groundbreaking research while contributing to a large variety of problems faced by the nuclear deterrence complex and to bring their skills to bear in solving these problems.


+ PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science or closely related science or engineering field, plus 5 or more years of postgraduate experience
+ Solid interpersonal skills as evidenced by a record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at professional scientific conferences (A publication list should be included as in your resume)
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q security clearance


The ideal candidate will also have the following:

+ Minimum of 2 years proven experience in a research laboratory
+ Experience with proposing and acquiring funding for original technical research
+ Experience working with highly hazardous chemicals (HF, strong acids, etc.)
+ Experience with inorganic analytical techniques (ICP/MS, ICP/OES, and digestion methods)
+ Experience with separations (gas and liquid) and detectors (mass spectrometry, FID, TCD, UV/VIS)
+ Understanding of and experience with mass spectrometry ionization methods (ESI, APCI, EI, CI, MALDI)
+ Advanced data processing skills with Masslynx and/or Chemstation and/or Masshunter/AMDIS
+ Ability to prioritize tasks and execute multiple projects simultaneously
+ A dedication to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

Department Description:

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 Deterrence program customers. We also provide support to customers in other areas including Energy and Environment and National Security Programs. We have expertise in gas/solid interactions, corrosion and electrochemistry, and the aging and mechanical properties of ceramics, glasses and other brittle materials. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement.

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!

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-02-17 Expires: 2021-03-19

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