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Postdoctoral Appointee - Biological and Chemical Sensors

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:
Would you be interested in joining a dynamic team that solves complicated issues for national security?
We are seeking a dedicated and motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to help design and conduct environmental testing to evaluate material performance in challenging environments, such as thermal vacuum, radioactive and high temperature. The selected applicant would partner with subject matter experts in other fields including electrochemistry, physics, and engineering, to propose a rational basis of understanding of phenomena for novel materials.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Plan, synthesize (chemically or electrochemically), and characterize novel organic and inorganic compounds and nanomaterials
  • Follow the scientific method in addressing specific questions related to the use of new materials in critical applications
  • Communicate and document findings in reports and peer-reviewed journals
  • Work both independently and in a team environment
  • Mentor undergraduate and/or graduate interns in a R&D setting
Qualifications We Require:
  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or related field, and Bachelor’s degree in STEM
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced through a record of scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire:
  • Strong sense of mission, integrity, and commitment to the national interest
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Experience in the preparation and purification of organic/inorganic compounds, nanomaterials, and polymers
  • Experience with electrochemical synthesis and electroanalytical methods
  • Experience working with radioactive materials
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience in characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, TEM, SEM, TGA/DSC, UV-Vis, FT-IR, and XRD
  • Proven ability to interact with all members of the team, strong documentation and organizational habits, and communication methods that enable cooperation and success within a dynamic and complex work environment
  • Background in designing/building custom laboratory equipment
  • Programming experience (MATLAB, Python, C++ or similar)
  • CAD software experience (Solidworks, Pro-E or similar)
  • Experience working with DAQ systems and basic PID/Arduino controller programming
  • Demonstrated initiative and a willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility
About Our Team:
The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department at Sandia National Laboratories specializes in miniature sensors and sensor-based system for a variety of sensing applications including chemical, biological, and explosives. These sensors and systems can be built into wearable, handheld, UAV, or fixed/installed formats. We have a strong emphasis on nano, micro, and mesoscale fabrication in our R&D including the capability to integrate custom electronics developed in Sandia's MESA facility. We also have state-of-the-art microbiology capabilities to aid in biological sensor development. Our technologies are designed to be non-invasive or minimally invasive, and easy to use in the field or at the point of care.
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:*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: 684372