The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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2018-06-292018-07-30

Postdoctoral Appointee - Plasma Physics and Materials Science

Livermore, CA
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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 needs to have been conferred within five years prior to employment\. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal applicants, 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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We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral appointee with experience in experimental plasma physics and materials science\. You will support Sandias magnetic fusion energy program, which focuses on plasma\-materials interactions, the design of plasma\-facing components, and the development of edge plasma diagnostics\. Does this work sound like your next career move? Depending on your background, the position could also involve collaborating with a team of researchers focusing on Sandias hydrogen energy programs, including studies of metal hydrides for fuel cell electric vehicles, and hydrogen effects on structural materials\. Are you up to this challenge? Join the team and your work will be challenging, fulfilling, and give you opportunities to grow your career\.

On any given day, these are tasks you may be called on to perform:

+ Develop in\-situ and in\-vacuum characterization techniques to the probe the response of surfaces to high\-flux hydrogen and helium plasmas, including optical spectroscopies and forms of ion beam analysis \(e\.g\. medium energy ion channeling\);
+ Study hydrogen transport through materials using thermal desorption spectroscopy and gas\-driven permeation;
+ Characterize the chemical interactions of hydrogen with interfaces using surface science techniques such as low energy ion scattering, and infrared absorption spectroscopy \(IRAS\);
+ Lead independent projects and collaborate with colleagues at U\.C\. San Diego, University of Tennessee, U\.C\. Berkeley, as well as at the national laboratories;
+ Mentor undergraduate summer interns and graduate students;
+ Present at conferences and communicate results\.

Required:

+ PhD in Nuclear Engineering, Solid\-State Physics, Physical Chemistry, or related field;
+ Research background in experimental materials science, surface science, or plasma physics;
+ Ability to develop independent research projects, as demonstrated by record of publication in peer\-reviewed literature;
+ Proficient communication skills, demonstrated through presentations at technical conferences, and/or instructing lectures;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain an DOE Q\-level security clearance\.

Desired:

+ Hands\-on experience in ultra\-high vacuum systems, plasma diagnostics, and/or low and medium energy ion beam techniques;
+ Previous research in hydrogen surface interactions and/or hydrogen effects on materials;
+ Experience with theory and modeling of surface chemical reactions;
+ Familiarity with LabView, Mathematica, Python, C, Fortran as well as the Linux operating environment\.

Department Description:

The Energy Innovation Department is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working on fundamental scientific research and technology development that support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions\. This work encompasses diverse set of topics, including the development of hydrogen as a practical clean fuel source, novel approaches to thermal management, as well as plasma\-materials interactions for magnetic fusion energy\. Projects range from the surface science of hydrogen storage materials to more applied engineering of hydrogen energy infrastructure\. The department also leads complementary hydrogen\-in\-materials research supported by DOEs Office of Fusion Energy Sciences\. This work spans the breadth of basic plasma studies to major efforts in the plasma\-material interactions and fusion nuclear science\. Members of the team also invented the Sandia Cooler \(recipient of R&D 100 award\) and have demonstrated its utility for high\-power solid\-state lighting and other applications, as well as TwistactTM which can improve electrical power handling in large wind turbines\.More broadly, the Energy Innovation Department is part of the Chemistry, Materials, and Combustion Center at Sandia/California\. This center is home to much of the materials science research at the laboratory, and includes a variety of world\-class surface science and microscopy capabilities\.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-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 Q\-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:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.

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