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Postdoctoral Appointee - Microstructure Characterization

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Job ID: 659155
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Microstructure Characterization


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.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to focus on integrating 2D EBSD data into 3D microstructure characterization for defense applications. This role provides an opportunity to work with one of the few RoboMET.3D robotic serial sectioning systems in the world, as well as the full array of material characterization equipment. Opportunities exist to collaborate with world-class experts in other fields including additive manufacturing, thermal-sprayed coating, nuclear weapon component design and analysis, pulsed-power and high energy density physics, nano sciences, energy sciences.

Research materials are metals and ceramics including additively-manufactured parts. Results from this research improve understanding of material performance related to process-structure-property relationships.

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

+ Customize, operate, and analyze data output from an automated serial-sectioning system
+ Apply various image and data processing techniques to produce three-dimensional reconstructions from serial-sectioning and micro-computed tomography experiments
+ Combine materials processing knowledge to provide recommendations for additional and/or complementary testing to provide clearer understanding of material properties and microstructural arrangements
+ Publish in high-impact journals and present at conferences


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Materials Science & Engineering or related Science & Engineering fields
+ Background in materials science & engineering, metallurgy, and image processing
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE L clearance


+ Peer-reviewed journal publications in an advanced materials science topic
+ Experience with a programming language or digital image processing
+ Strong technical writing skills and the ability to communicate findings both verbally and visually
+ Demonstrated ability to collaborate across a variety of research areas and to promote working relationships

The Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department provides its customers with 1. Solutions to problems involving mechanical properties of materials, both bulk properties and surface or tribological properties; 2. Relationships and dependencies among materials structures, composition, properties, performance, reliability and service environments; 3. Diagnostics and modeling that enable deep scientific investigations of material behavior and prevention of failure; 4. Scientific discovery and peer-reviewed publications on material mechanics and tribology. The Department supports various mission areas: Nuclear Weapons, Defense Systems, Energy, and Biological Sciences.

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 L-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 L-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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