Postdoctoral Appointee - Thermochemical Materials

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7081713 (Ref.No. 677467)
Posted: July 29, 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. : We are seeking a dedicated Post-Doctoral Researcher to support projects in concentrating solar thermochemical technologies, including hydrogen and fuel production, and energy storage. The position involves the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of materials for solar thermochemical applications. You will work within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center, which provides the foundational materials expertise and innovation to enable Sandia success in its national security missions. Access to cheap and reliable renewable energy is a key component of national security. Besides the design and synthesis of new materials with specific functionality, our center maintains state of the art materials characterization tools that benefit all Sandia programs. You will also work closely with staff members in the Concentrating Solar Technologies Department and the Chemistry, Combustion and Materials Science Center. Primary Job Duties: + Independently conduct and deliver your own R&D activities or projects under leadership of senior staff. These activities and projects may be theoretical, computational and/or experimental, and will often require working in teams that can include partners from other institutions. + Work with Sandia’s technology transfer and licensing professionals to move successful R&D from the Labs to industry. + Assist or lead in the development of proposals to seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in thermochemical technologies. + Disseminate R&D outcomes in various forms including journal article publications and by presenting papers at national and international conferences. + Potentially represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications. + Capable of creative problem solving and effective time management skills. + Ability to work independently, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary teaming environment. Resumes must include at least three professional references, a brief statement of research interests and a list of publications.

+ PhD in a STEM-related field + Evidence of research expertise in the form of technical publications and conference presentations + Chemical laboratory experience, and capable of independent and safe laboratory practices + Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

+ Proficiency in inorganic and materials synthetic methods for metal oxides and characterization techniques including XRD, TGA, DSC, SEM + Experience with one or more of the following: heat transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, modeling (including thermokinetic modeling), oxide chemistry, computational methods + Background in high temperature and/or solar thermochemical processes + Excellent communication and organizational skills + Ability to work independently, take initiative, and expand outside of comfort zone + Willingness to collaborate with scientists and engineers of various backgrounds

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Through the DOE-funded HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (, which is a DOE Energy Materials Network, Sandia partners with several academic and industrial partners to develop advanced water-splitting materials, using the state-of-the-art tools available in center 1800. Our Concentrating Solar Technologies Department develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels. In the Chemistry, Combustion and Materials Science Center, based in Sandia’s Livermore campus (California), scientists create transformative innovations in the transportation sector by applying the centers considerable technical capabilities and performing foundational physical and computational research to solve critical energy security problems.

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.

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. : This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral 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.

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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