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Postdoctoral Appointee - Biological and Chemical Sensors

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.


The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department is seeking a dedicated and high performing candidate for a Postdoctoral Researcher Position working with a team of scientists and engineers.

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

+ Utilize capabilities in the field of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, microfluidics, micro sensors, and sensor and biosensor technologies;
+ Be knowledgeable in the design, fabrication, and analysis of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, microfluidic devices with additional experience developing or using biosensors;
+ Program in Labview, Matlab, and C as needed;
+ Design standalone nano/microfluidic systems and be able to set up and conduct experimental studies using state-of-the-art hardware;
+ Design surface acoustic wave (SAW), impedance, electrical, or mechanical transduction devices.


+ PhD in Bioengineering, Biophysics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field;
+ Experience in surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, SAW design, microfluidics, micro sensors, sensors, and biosensors;
+ A record of publishing peer-reviewed journal articles;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


+ Extensive experience in the design, fabrication and analysis of standalone nanofluidic and microfluidic systems;
+ Experience with either SAW design and modeling, impedance, optical, electrical, or mechanical transduction devices;
+ Programming experience in Labview, Matlab, and C;
+ Experience in laboratory ownership including writing procedures and detailing environmental, safety and health related items;
+ Proposal writing and evaluation skills;
+ Knowledge of sensor surface modifications;
+ Experience with portable sensor system development;
+ Proven experience in setting up and conducting experimental studies using state-of-the-art hardware;
+ Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment;
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Department Description:

Sandia's Biosensors and Nanomaterials Department conducts research and development at the interface between biology, synthetic chemistry, and surface science to deliver prototype solutions in applications ranging from biodetection to photovoltaics. Sensor development includes discrete sensors and sensor arrays based on piezoelectric, fiber-optic, micro-optic, electrochemical, biochemical, and microimpedance devices. Microfluidic sample preparation prior to detection is a growing interest. Synthetic chemistry efforts include nanoparticle growth, surface functionalization, and molecular electronics. This work addresses needs for novel materials in addition to supporting the biosensor development effort.

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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Posted: 2020-04-30 Expires: 2020-07-02

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