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R&D, Materials Scientist Radiography (Early/Mid-Career)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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:

We are seeking a dedicated Materials Scientist to use radiography capabilities (i.e., digital radiography, computed tomography) to evaluate material structure and predict the properties, performance, and integrity of manufactured components. The selected candidate will use this information to illuminate deformation mechanisms and reveal the compositional & structural defects responsible for component and material failure. As part of the Sandia/California Radiography team, yo will support component design and process development, materials evaluation, failure analysis, product and process qualification, and other activities where radiography and other non-destructive analysis techniques are required. The position will entail the written communication of experimental results in peer-reviewed manuscripts & project reports and generation of new research ideas relevant to national security applications.

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

+ Devise and perform materials characterization to answer critical questions about the engineered components important to our scientific and national defense missions

+ Conduct a wide array of experiments utilizing various techniques including digital radiography, computed tomography, x-ray fluorescence, and auger spectroscopy

+ Develop fixtures for effective two- and three-dimensional radiography imaging using conventional and advanced manufacturing methods

+ Process imaging data using various software including Volume Graphics

+ Identify new research ideas and directions, collaborating with colleagues to write research proposals.

+ Promote a safe working environment through analysis of hazards, development of controls & mitigations, and documentation of safety-focused operating procedures and best practices

+ Present results at workshops, conferences, and meetings with sponsors

The ND Materials and Rad Effects department is committed to attracting, retaining, and cultivating an outstanding workforce representing a broad group of people and perspectives. We share this common vision by encouraging mutual respect among staff, post-docs, and interns from a diverse set of backgrounds. This hardworking team works together to accomplish extraordinary results.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Master’s degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Physics, or a closely related field

+ Experience with characterization techniques such as radiography, microscopy, and/or spectroscopy

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

Qualifications We Desire:

+ PhD in Physics, Metallurgy, Materials Science, or a closely related field

+ Experience with x-ray imaging technologies and analysis

+ Familiarity with image analysis software and processing digital imaging data

+ Publication of research results in peer reviewed journals

+ Ability to work autonomously, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary team environment

+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to work on a team with a diverse set of backgrounds

About Our Team:

We are the ND Materials and Rad Effects team! We provide expertise in materials and radiation sciences to support Sandia’s missions in nuclear deterrence, proliferation detection and energy. We steward radiography capabilities and exercise them to image and analyze the structure of materials and components. We develop and characterize organic and inorganic materials used as scintillators in radiation detection technologies. We perform detailed modeling, simulation, and experiments to characterize and analyze the effects of ionizing radiation on materials and components used in our engineered systems. All of this is accomplished by bringing to bear our advanced capabilities and the team’s expertise in materials science, chemistry, physics, computation, and engineering.

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: 683200



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