Laboratory Support Technologist - Materials Science (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7212647 (Ref:692760)

Posted: February 1, 2024

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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a R&D General Technologist to join our team supporting a range of projects related to our national security missions. The primary responsibility of this individual will be working closely with a team of scientists and engineers to manage materials' synthesis and processing and documentation updates. The outcome of your work will directly impact Sandia’s ability to design, build, test, and deploy new hardware for Nuclear Deterrent and other national security programs. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Collaborate across Sandia and other NNSA sites to manage projects and data + Collaborate with technical mentor to plan, design, set-up, and perform experiments/projects + Prepare and track documentation packets for material specification updates needed for production of hardware + Interface with engineers and scientists, stakeholders, and external partners to provide status and schedule updates on new or legacy material specifications + Work with a team to review material property data and understand data storage needs + Develop, test, and validate importers for uploading materials property data to a materials property database + Use your knowledge of materials science/engineering to help experimentalists develop and manage data acquisition + Record experimental procedures and collect data in notebooks + Interpret data using spreadsheets, graphs and statistical analysis + Document and present results to mentor and peers + Maintain Lab equipment and documentation Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: + Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field plus 2 or more years of experience post degree, or equivalent combination of science and engineering education and/or experience + Experience in fiber reinforced composite, nanocomposite, composite, chemical, or molecular synthesis/manufacturing + Experience in mechanical, stress, or basic energy (X-ray, UV-Vis, or IR) materials characterization + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Commitment to safety and continuous improvement + Experience working collaboratively in team settings + Experience with pressure systems (pressurized gas delivery, regulation, safety) + Experience and basic chemistry, material science, industrial laboratory skills + Effective interpersonal and oral/written communication skills + Experience in and/or ability to organize tasks to enable work on multiple projects simultaneously + Detail-oriented mindset + Ability and desire to work independently + Outstanding work habits and self-motivation + Interest in learning more about coordination/material chemistry of periodic table + Strong commitment to customer satisfaction, quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork + Ability to work with various levels of science and engineering students, postdocs, and technologist About Our Team: The Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML) is a department within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories and is co-located at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The AML conducts research and development to meet a wide range of specialized applications for national security, energy/climate, and nuclear deterrence enabled through partnerships with government, industry, and academic institutions. Technical expertise and focus in the AML is applied to fundamental chemistry of organic and inorganic synthesis, material processing for property-performance optimization, proto-type design engineering for structural-electronic functionality, with an emphasis on expanding autonomous material discovery and informed design enabled by machine learning. The department specializes in advanced manufacturing with an emphasis on defining the boundaries between materials science and process engineering to optimize property performance. Technical capabilities within the department include fiber reinforced composite and nanocomposite manufacturing; chemical, resin, and ink synthesis; additive manufacturing, including Direct Ink Write, Polymer Selective Laser Sintering, Vat Polymerization, Multiphoton Lithography, 3D/structural printed electronics; and rapid cable and connectors prototyping design engineering. Our department is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, material scientists, and chemists who are dedicated to scientific discovery, creativity, innovation, and practical solutions for our diverse customer set. Our team is committed to a safe and nurturing R&D work environment as an incubator of scientific talent at all academic and career levels, with a long-standing history of advocating for and advancing undergraduate and graduate students through research internships geared toward growing the next generation of scientists. Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, we actively recruit applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference! 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. Position Information: This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years. Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. Job ID: 692760


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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