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Manager, R&D Geochemistry (8865)

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 659225
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Manager, R&D Geochemistry (8865)


The Geoscience Research and Applications Group (8860) has an opening for a Department Manager for the Geochemistry Department, Org. 8865. The Manager is responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for a team of highly talented and experienced scientists, technologists, post-docs, contractors, and student interns with a broad range of backgrounds including aqueous and surface geochemistry, geology, computational science, and engineering.

On any given day, you may be called on to do the following:

+ Act as a highly motivated team-oriented manager to coordinate current activities across a wide-range of program areas, develop new projects within a diverse customer base including DOE, DoD, and the petroleum and mining industries, as well as work with staff and management to enhance these program areas;
+ The manager is expected to foster a safe, secure, creative and productive work environment for staff;
+ Management duties include:

- Professional development of staff;
- Management of existing projects through assigned project leads;
- Development of new projects and programs with existing and new sponsors;
- Ensuring that the organization is responsive to both internal and external needs and requirements;
- Responsibilities include working closely with numerous external customers and other departments across Sandia Laboratories, as well as managing both owned and matrixed projects.
+ The manager will be responsible for oversight of five laboratories located in building 823, staff working in laboratories owned and managed by other line organizations;
+ Ffield testing in remote locations, covering work in radiochemistry, biological research, and general wet chemistry;
+ The manager?s responsibility includes direction of the associated ES&H and Work Planning and Controls for such activities;
+ Roles engaging with program leadership will be assigned based on the combination of interest and capability of the successful candidate, but will likely include engagement with the DOE Office of Science Basic Energy Science Geoscience Subprogram area, fossil energy, and various elements of nuclear waste management.


+ Bachelor's and advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in a relevant STEM discipline; a Bachelor's degree plus four years' experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree;
+ Eight or more years of relevant technical experience;
+ Demonstrated ability to successfully manage and complete multiple programs and projects;
+ Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including the ability to build and manage effective working relationships as evidenced in previous work history;
+ Demonstrated ability to deliver results, effectively manage people, and guide multidisciplinary teams as evidenced in previous work history;
+ Knowledge of technical business development;
+ Experience working with sensitive information and classified matter;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


+ Advanced degree in Geochemistry, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering;
+ Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values;
+ Knowledge of company policies and procedures and ability to recommend modifications to Sandia's Corporate Policy System operating policies;
+ Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills;
+ Ability to mentor and lead the organization on department tasks and organizational goals and objects;
+ Experience and demonstrated ability to deploy political acumen and an understanding of organizational dynamics in interacting with staff, management peers, customers and senior leadership;
+ Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks;
+ Knowledge of Sandia's safety and security rules and guidelines and the ability to apply these principles to chemical laboratory and field operations;
+ At least 2 years experience in Management or Project Management;
+ Experience and demonstrated success in working interactively with management teams, project teams and project leaders in a team environment;
+ Experience and demonstrated ability to engage technical and nontechnical customers in developing clear project requirements;
+ Experience and demonstrated success in leading teams and/or managing small (<$5M) projects;
+ Experience and demonstrated ability to deploy political acumen in interacting with customers, management peers, superiors and staff;
+ Experience in understanding and ability to manage using the corporate systems for ensuring proper program execution, worker safety and security (ILMS, Work Planning and Controls, and ES&H);
+ Ability to travel frequently and interact positively with demanding sponsors;
+ Active DOE Q-level security clearance.

The Geochemistry Department has expertise in three areas: 1) molecular-scale modeling, 2) experimental geochemistry, and 3) applied environmental/chemical engineering. We tackle geosciences-related problems with an application for carbon sequestration, unconventional oil and gas recovery, nuclear waste management, and environmental remediation. In addition, we reach beyond the subsurface environment looking at nuclear weapons applications and air-borne contaminant detection and removal. Program focus is currently on chemical effects on fracture initiation and propagation, heterogeneous redox chemistry on clay mineral surfaces, coupled geochemistry and geomechanics in shales, and permeable reactive barriers for soil radionuclide remediation. Computing facilities for molecular modeling include a cluster (CPU nodes, GPU nodes) maintained by the Geochemistry Department as well as the Sandia High Performance Computing. In addition, we have 3,000 square feet of laboratory space that includes the following analytical equipment: XRD, FTIR, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, TOF-MS, and SEM.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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