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RD Material Science - Corrosion Science (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for nation's security? We are seeking a highly motivated staff member who is passionate about furthering the field of corrosion science. In this role, you will have the opportunity to lead fundamental R&D as well as directly impact Sandias mission needs for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications.

Success in this role requires expertise in chemistry, materials science, physics, or related fields of study, experience and knowledge of corrosion science and other materials degradation mechanisms, and a dream and aptitude to advance the state-of-the-art in fundamental understanding and characterization of corrosion mechanisms. In addition, to be fulfilled in this role, you should have a scientific curiosity that spans from discovery in fundamental science to applied engineering and be energized by the opportunity to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment where your analyses will be critical to solving materials forensics challenges and identifying future research opportunities with national security impact.

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

+ Develop and utilize state of the art electrochemical and surface analytical techniques to study atmospheric corrosion mechanisms and their kinetics
+ Develop programs that integrate the expertise of various scientists, engineers, statisticians and technologists to understand, model and test the degradation mechanisms and failure characteristics of materials exposed to a range of rare and/or extreme environments
+ Coordinate and lead failure assessments over a range of electrical, electronic, and mechanical products spanning a range of materials
+ Engage with our customers to learn their processes and products
+ Interact with external design and production agencies within the DOE complex
+ Develop programs in physics of failure, reliability engineering, system life prediction, and/or health monitoring
+ Perform research on localized corrosion to support additive manufacturing initiatives
+ Develop collaborations with other Sandia organizations, other federal institutions, academia, and industry
+ Publish innovative research in leading technical journals and present at national and international technical meetings


+ You have, or are pursuing a PhD in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, or a close related discipline, and possess a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
+ Your research experience includes practical laboratory experience, in corrosion science, electrochemistry, and/or electrochemical characterization
+ Your background includes published papers in peer reviewed journals and other professional publications
+ You have a track record of presenting research at technical conferences
+ Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


This R&D Staff Member role is multi-faceted and, as such, having the following skills will bolster your success in this role:

+ Experience with a variety of experimental electrochemistry capabilities such as electrochemical polarization testing, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, scanning electrochemical microscopy, scanning Kelvin probe, and cyclic voltammetry
+ Knowledge of and/or experience with a range of surface analysis techniques, such as optical spectroscopy, XPS, SIMS, ToF-SIMS, and profilometry, as well as other materials analysis techniques
+ Demonstrated experience with integrated computational and experimental approaches for study of corrosion or electrochemical phenomena
+ Experience in identifying new research opportunities and writing/submitting related funding proposals
+ Aptitude for building positive customer/collaborator relationships, and enthusiasm for building and maintaining a professional network
+ Experience in working on multiple research projects, including relevant time management and prioritization skills
+ Experience with physics of failure/reliability physics
+ Aptitude in interpersonal communication with diverse co-workers and various personality/communication styles
+ Strong dedication to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

Department Description:

The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. The Materials Reliability Departments R&D activities focus on understanding the mechanisms of corrosion phenomena as a means of predicting extent and severity of corrosion, developing improved next generation approaches to corrosion monitoring and control, and development of corrosion resistant materials. These activities are driven by a highly motivated multi-disciplinary team. We support various federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to use our research investments while participating in and contributing to the international research community. Our current research thrusts include atmospheric corrosion mechanisms, hydrogen embrittlement, atmospheric stress corrosion cracking, coating development, and additively manufactured metals.

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, disability, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-09-05 Expires: 2019-10-06

 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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