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R&D, Metallography Technologist (Mid-Career)

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 General Technologist to support and enhance the capability of its material characterization activities. In this role, the technologist will have specialization in sample preparation using metallographic methods for use in the physical, chemical, and structural characterization of metal alloys, polymers, ceramics, and associated composite structures. The position requires the performance of a variety of duties in such areas as solution chemistry, operation of instrumentation, computer interfaced applications, testing methods, and scientific data collection. In particular, the successful candidate will be an integral part of a team effort that is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a metallography laboratory.

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

+ Use and perform routine maintenance of tools and instruments for metallographic preparation and materials characterization tasks including work with field service engineers to keep tools and instruments in good working order;
+ Perform on-the-job training provided by senior staff, and through external training, to provide support for activities that range from basic materials science research to applied engineering materials characterization which is integral to Sandias national security mission;
+ Be responsible for all aspects of metallographic laboratory tools that includes cut-off saws, polishing wheels, preparation of acid and base chemical solutions while working within chemical fume hoods, the use of these chemical solutions for polishing and etching;
+ Be responsible for maintaining a culture of engineered safety, support the development and documentation of safety systems used in laboratory activities that include operating procedures and the drafting of technical work documents, as e.g. primary hazard screening and standard operating procedures;
+ Be a motivated team member, have a dedication to customer service, work independently when needed, contribute creatively to team efforts, and show aptitude through verbal and written communication.


+ Associates degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering;
+ Experience operating metallography equipment including saws, polishing wheel, optical microscopes, hardness testers, and computers for data acquisition;
+ Experience working in a research and development laboratory;
+ Experience documenting techniques and results;
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q level security clearance.


+ Experience executing multiple diverse tasks in parallel with high quality, that include milling, grinding, cutting, and polishing of microscopy samples;
+ Basic understanding of microstructural features, electrical and mechanical properties of materials;
+ Demonstrated interest in continuous professional growth through additional training and educational opportunities;
+ Experience overseeing operations in a laboratory with multiple users, such as maintaining laboratory inventory to keep supplies stocked, and other laboratory users trained;
+ Proficient with Microsoft office software and the ability to learn and execute other software packages for data acquisition and analysis.

Department Description:

The Metallography and Microscopy Team specializes in the characterization of inorganic and organic materials for energy and national security applications. This group supports laboratory programs through a variety of characterization methods that include optical microscopy; scanning and transmission electron microscopies; electron microprobe analysis; and macro-micro-nano indentation. In addition, this team supports a broad set of analytic equipment critical to the operations of the California site. The team provides a key element in a diverse set of Materials Science organizations and resources, managed both locally and across the corporation. Energy Nanomaterials Department staff members partner broadly with personnel within Sandia and many external institutions, taking advantage of our proximity to other research facilities and staff in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-11-20 Expires: 2020-12-21

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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