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Thermal Spray Research Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657840
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Thermal Spray Research Postdoctoral Appointee


We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEE. The individual will work directly with a Senior Member of the Technical Staff and others at Sandia/Albuquerque to support projects at the Thermal Spray Research Lab.

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

+ Planning, performing hands-on experiments, as well as collecting and analyzing data with the goal of understanding how process parameters affect microstructure and properties for various thermal and kinetic spray processes (Plasma Spray, Cold Spray, Aerosol Deposition, Flame Spray);
+ Publish journal articles and present their work at local and national conferences;
+ Interact and collaborate with other research groups within Sandia National Laboratories to develop new research opportunities and projects.


+ Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramics, Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a related field;
+ Experience in ceramics and/or metallurgy;
+ Experience in designing and conducting experiments;
+ History of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific and/or technical conferences;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance.


+ Experience in thin/thick film technologies, particularly thermal spray, cold spray, or aerosol deposition;
+ Experience with sensors for spray based coating technologies (laser velocimetry, dual-wavelength pyrometers, in-situ substrate bending etc.);
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The Coatings and Additive Manufacturing Department provides scientific and engineering expertise in the areas of thin films, thermal spray deposition, cold spray deposition, vacuum system/component fabrication, laser machining and surface modification, precision engineering, and additive manufacturing for the Laboratories. Over 25 elements as well as numerous compounds and alloys can be deposited by sputter deposition and electron beam evaporation. Thin film properties can also be characterized. Thermal spray capabilities include both conventional (flame, plasma, twin-wire arc, HVOF) and advanced technologies: cold spray and low pressure plasma spray. Precision engineering includes the design and fabrication of miniature and meso-scale devices, electrical discharge machining (EDM), diamond and laser machining, laser etching, micro-metrology, as well as technical consulting. Additive manufacturing encompasses both direct write (aerosol ink jet printing, extrusion casting, and conformal printing) and metal additive (powder bed and LENS). Our staff supports a variety of programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative, innovative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions.

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:

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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