R&D Scientist, In-situ Electron Microscopy and Materials Characterization

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7087431 (Ref:679015)

Posted: October 20, 2021

Job Description

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 : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status 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. : The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is seeking a staff scientist to support the nanoscience user community and perform basic science research in the field of in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The position is an equal balance of user proposal collaborations, with researchers from all over the world, and doing research in support of internally funded projects relevant to Sandia’s mission. This staff scientist will be responsible for a state-of-the-art environmental TEM laboratory and will work alongside CINT’s other microscopists and postdocs to support user collaborations on topics such as nanoparticle assembly, nanoparticle synthesis, interfacial charge transfer, batteries, corrosion, fracture, degradation, ion beam irradiation, ion implantation, annealing, chemical reactions, phase transformations, nanomechanics, and new capability developments. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly productive and collaborative network of scientists. CINT has a broad range of capabilities available to users and staff, including a class 1000 clean room, synthesis laboratories (nanoparticle, PVD, MBE), optical (spectroscopy, THz, Raman) and nanomechanical (in-situ, nanoindentation, fatigue, creep and wear) characterization, and a comprehensive theory/simulation/AI/ML expertise. There are also several unique microscopy labs including an aberration-corrected monochromated Environmental TEM, a newly installed Cryo-EM lab, the In-situ Ion Irradiation TEM, and multiple accelerators for doing ion-beam analysis, materials doping, and defect/damage creation. The resources available at CINT provide a wealth of opportunities to pursue high-impact research towards understanding atomistic- and nano-scale phenomena and their influence on material behavior. You will develop a user program, consisting of a network of external collaborators, with the aim of producing high-impact peer-reviewed journal articles. At the same time, you will lead a research program that leverages the novel capabilities at CINT to perform high-quality research impacting Sandia’s broad national security mission. This could involve a wide range of materials and applications, from metals to polymers to semiconductors and beyond. You may be the ideal candidate, if you have significant TEM experience, are collaboration focused, and have the desire to learn new techniques and tools.

+ A PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or related field + A history of participation in professional societies and presentation of research at conferences + A history of productive scientific research as demonstrated by frequent publication of results in peer-reviewed journals + Experience with nanoscale materials characterization and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

+ Excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for collaboration with other microscopists and scientists from multiple disciplines and institutions + Experience using Python (or similar) for performing data analysis, image processing, or machine learning on microscopy data + Experience with in-situ SEM and TEM experiments, such as, in-situ heating, cryo-EM, liquid-cell, electrochemistry, environmental TEM, electrical biasing, irradiation, implantation, and/or mechanical property testing + Experience using various TEM techniques, such as: + tomography, + procession electron diffraction (PED), + 4D STEM, + ultra-fast or dynamic TEM (DTEM), + diffraction and defect analysis, + energy electron loss spectroscopy (EELS) + or other advanced techniques + Experience with SEM and TEM sample preparation techniques including focused ion-beam milling

Department Description:

Department 1881 – Nanostructure Physics – is one of two departments at Sandia that are a part of The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). CINT is a Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center operating as a national user facility dedicated to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. Through its core facility in Albuquerque and gateway facility at Los Alamos, CINT provides users from academia, industry, and government labs, open access to the tools and expertise needed to explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro world. CINT is an equal partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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.

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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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