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Materials Scientist - Hydrogen/Tritium Effects in Materials (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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 R&D Materials Scientist to join the Hydrogen and Materials Science department!

We need a materials scientist to lead research on the transport and trapping of hydrogen isotopes including tritium in materials both in and out of radiation environments. Our organization works to understand the thermodynamics and kinetics of gas-material interactions and how temperature and radiation might influence them.

On any given day, you may be called on to design and execute laboratory experiments that probe hydrogen and deuterium transport in materials, devise capsule experiments to study deuterium transport in research reactors, characterize how material properties and microstructure affect the diffusivity and trapping of hydrogen isotopes, develop new analytic methods and diagnostics to characterize transport and trapping processes, provide experimental data to inform the development of hydrogen transport models at various length scales, and communicate your findings through presentations, technical reports and high-impact journal articles.

The Hydrogen and Materials Science department is committed to attracting, retaining and cultivating an outstanding workforce representing a broad group of people and perspectives. We share this common vision by fostering mutual respect among staff, post-docs and interns from diverse backgrounds. Our team works together to accomplish extraordinary results!


+ PhD in materials science, metallurgy, physics, nuclear engineering or a closely related field
+ Laboratory research experience that includes the interactions of hydrogen isotopes with materials
+ A record of first-author or co-authored scientific publications in the above areas within peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q-level security clearance


+ Laboratory experience characterizing the kinetics of hydrogen isotopes in materials using techniques such as thermal desorption spectroscopy, permeation studies, optical and electron microscopy/spectroscopy, and other methods
+ Experience with instrument design for materials characterization, including safety planning
+ Experience with hydrogen isotope experiments in research energy reactors
+ Knowledge on how hydrogen isotopes interact with material microstructures
+ Deep understanding of physical and mechanical metallurgy

Department Description:

We are the Hydrogen and Materials Science team! We provide expertise to both Sandia and the Nation on the interaction of hydrogen (and its isotopes) with all types of materials. We perform scientific and engineering research to develop fundamental understanding on the aging of materials in gaseous environments, including hydrogen, and applies this understanding to determine its effects on the performance and reliability of materials relevant to Sandias nuclear weapons and energy missions. Our work covers a broad range of areas, including analyzing hydrogens long-term impact on materials and maintaining and enhancing nationally recognized core and enabling capabilities in hydrogen isotope science.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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:

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.



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