Postdoctoral Appointee - International Safeguards and Engagements Department "Onsite"

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7184527 (Ref:Sa691784)

Posted: October 4, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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. What Your Job Will Be Like: Are you passionate about your work and dream of using state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions while improving professional development? Do you want to join a hardworking and multi-disciplinary team that solves significant issues for our nation’s energy infrastructure and the nuclear fuel cycle? We are seeking a dedicated Postdoctoral Appointee to work in the research, development and analysis areas of nuclear energy, safeguards and nonproliferation. In this position, you will gain experience in a wide range of technical subject areas that require a diverse knowledge and expertise with a focus on developing a better understanding of how future reactors designs, fuels, and fuel cycles change our understanding of conventional nuclear safeguards, security, and safety. This position will study emerging fuel types and fuel cycle processes to develop an in-depth understanding of how they fit into current regulatory regimes. You will work in a collaborative environment, coordinating across different science and engineering fields, to address topics related to deployment of advanced nuclear reactors. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Evaluate advanced reactor fuels or processes to support assessment of safety, security or safeguards topics. + Apply an understanding of chemistry to evaluate process flows, facility inventory and material response to abnormal environments. + Perform lab-scale testing to characterize and analyze material related to nuclear fuel and fuel cycle processes. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100%. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. + Experience in the following: + Material synthesis. + Materials characterization. + Experimental research and technique development. + Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills as evidenced by a record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at professional scientific conferences + Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q-level security clearance. Qualifications We Desire: + Strong background in the following: + Chemical analyses + Working in a laboratory setting + Experience in the following: + Data collection and analysis – preferably aerosol collection + Material synthesis, characterization, and analytical measurements, such as BET, SEM, XRD, TGA, ICP-MS, and spectroscopic methods. + Understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle Interest in international nuclear safeguards, nuclear security and nonproliferation. + Active DOE Q-level or DOD equivelent security clearance. About Our Team: The mission of the International Safeguards and Engagements Department (6832) is to provide technical solutions to the international safeguards regime and support the development of safeguards and export control competencies in partner countries. Through our US government sponsors we research technologies, build capabilities, and provide analyses to support the international nuclear nonproliferation monitoring regime's mission of ensuring that nuclear activities are used for peaceful purposes. 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. 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: 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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Job ID: 691784

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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