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Research & Development, Chemistry (Experienced)

Carlsbad, NM 88220

**Are you passionate about your work and willing to join a dynamic team that helps seek solutions to some of the most challenging issues facing our nation's security?**

We are seeking a dedicated and creative scientist or engineer in the areas of chemistry or geoscience to support scientific investigations of the geochemical environment and conditions of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the world's only licensed and operating deep geological repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. You will use your experience with chemical analyses in brine systems to advance geochemical models of WIPPs chemical conditions. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team to identify analyses needing to be performed, design and conduct those analyses, leading to parameterization of the geochemical models for WIPP.

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

+ Plan and support daily work activities with the geochemistry team;
+ Participate directly in the geochemistry teams work activities as needed;
+ Analyze, integrate, compile and trend experimental data and results, and prepare technical reports and documents for the DOE and Regulators;
+ Report on the progress of work done by the team;
+ Execute technical work such as Test Plans, Analyses Plans, Milestone Reports, and Analyses Reports;
+ Expertly guide the team on crafting scientific investigations;
+ Provide expert guidance on solving problems based on sound technical bases;
+ Provide expert guidance and technical recommendations to Management and DOE about geochemistry R&D roadmaps and strategic directions of geochemistry work.

**Applicant must reside in or have the ability to reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico.**


+ Master's degree in Chemistry, Geoscience or closely related discipline (i.e. Chemical Engineering or Materials Science) with a minimum of seven years related experience, or a PhD, with three years related experience;
+ Experience or education with chemical analyses in brine systems;
+ Experience or education with analytical chemistry methods and experimental design;
+ Experience or education with aqueous geochemistry and solute and solvent interactions;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.


+ Experience working with R&D in a regulatory environment;
+ Experience working within rigorous QA/QC requirements;
+ Working knowledge of the following instruments used in analytical chemistry: ICP-MS, ICP-AES, Ion Chromatograph, CO2 Coulometer, ASAP 2020, Scanning electron microscope and Electron Dispersion Spectrometer, Gloveboxes, General: balances, pipettes, titrators, pH meters, stirrers, sonicator, glassware;
+ Working knowledge using equipment for high ionic strength solutions;
+ Familiarity with geochemical models that utilize ion speciation-solubility parameters;
+ Familiarity with operation of standard laboratory equipment, and standard laboratory processes.
+ Ability to coordinate and teach others basic chemistry tasks, including the operation of standard laboratory equipment, and standard laboratory processes.
+ Proven expertise in coordinating the management of multiple, competing sample collection, analysis, and data entry projects;
+ Demonstrated excellence in the technical field, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated interpersonal skills including respectful collaboration and communication.

Department Description:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. WIPP is operated by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, under contract to the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). Sandia provides scientific advice to CBFO in many areas, including modifications to the repository's operating permits, periodic recertification of the repository, on-going monitoring of repository performance against regulatory requirements, and optimization of the national transuranic waste complex. The Repository Performance Department, part of Sandia's Defense Waste Management Programs Group, provides the experimental and fieldwork capability needed to assist CBFO in assuring continued and uninterrupted certification and permitting of WIPP.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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 L-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 the 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.



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Posted: 2020-06-12 Expires: 2020-07-12

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