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Postdoctoral Appointee-Energy Storage Systems Safety

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657950
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee-Energy Storage Systems Safety



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We are looking for a postdoctoral research scientist to support grid energy storage research and development focusing on the reliability and performance of energy storage systems appropriate to grid energy storage applications. Current topics of interest include lithium ion, advanced lead acid, flow battery and more novel storage technologies, analysis of commercial and R&D scale devices. The postdoctoral candidate will be expected to effectively contribute towards presentation and publication activities supporting the research efforts, and have interpersonal skills that facilitate effective team research efforts with a wide range of scientists. Candidates must submit a CV, list of presentations and journal publications, and contact information for three references knowledgeable about the candidates academic and research abilities. The selected candidate will support research activities associated with advancing the understanding around reliability and safety of energy storage systems work funded through the Department of Energy Office of Electricity, as well as through contracts with private industrial partners. The skills needed to conduct this work include familiarity with moderately hazardous test operations, data acquisition and instrument control, project planning, test management, and familiarity with environmental, health, safety, and security work planning and controls. Familiarity with energy storage technologies and materials or an aptitude to develop a background in this area is also required. Expertise in programming, materials characterization, and electrochemistry will be essential skills in performing the required work functions. Candidates should feel comfortable planning, conducting and executing science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.


The position requires a recent Ph.D. (< 3 years from award date) in engineering (chemical, materials), physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or closely related field, with a strong academic record and relevant dissertation project with associated publications exhibiting relevant experience and effective teaming skills. Candidates should have a strong background in energy storage materials.

(1) PhD in Engineering (Chemical, Materials), Chemistry, Physics, & Materials Science

(2) US Citizenship and Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance

(3) Familiarity with data acquisition and control of instrumentation for monitoring electrical, thermal, and mechanical variables.

(4) Software control of test systems through LabView or object oriented programming language, Python programming, or related control and programming expertise

(5) Familiarity with battery materials and energy storage systems and theoretical and practical understanding of electrochemistry as it relates to batteries


(1) Experience coordinating the efforts of a group of technicians and/or students

(2) Experience with energy storage technologies, especially batteries and/or capacitors

(3) Prior experience with battery safety and/or reliability testing and familiarity with associated research challenges, testing protocol, standards, and safe work practices

(4) Background in analytical techniques and materials characterization

(5) Ability to work in a team environment and support efforts to meet testing schedules

(6) Excellent communication skills including reporting of technical results in both written and presentation form as demonstrated through an established publication record, presentations, and/or internally produced reports (

(7) Training and commitment to laboratory safety and experience in dealing with electrical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical hazards

(8) Laboratory focus and willingness to spend the majority of the workday in a laboratory environment

(9) An understanding of the principles of electrochemical processes

(10) Aptitude for designing engineered fixtures, cabling, and other testing hardware

(11) Exemplary laboratory and/or test facility safety record and a commitment to the adherence of operational safety principles

(12) Experience in the application of engineered safety controls in mitigating or eliminating safety hazards

(13) Knowledge of electrochemically active metal-oxide materials

(14) Knowledge of lithium-ion battery materials and systems

The Energy Systems Analysis Department provides a capability within Sandia to assess future energy options, modernize the US energy infrastructure, and to help identify the critical research and development needs to ensure the future reliability, sustainability, and security of our customer's energy systems and the nation's energy infrastructure. Our primary sponsors include the DOE, DoD, and other government agencies. We lead Sandia's work in Smart Grid and microgrids, and we work closely with other organizations within Sandia in SCADA security, infrastructure security, energy research, and energy-water nexus issues.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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.

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