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RD Materials Laboratory Support Technologist (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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We are seeking a Laboratory Support Technologist to support research and development efforts related to Materials Reliability. The MR analytical laboratories employ a suite of gas, liquid, and solid materials characterization tools for solving problems and building fundamental understanding of materials interactions and effects. This role offers a rare opportunity to address a large variety of problems faced by the Nuclear Deterrence (ND) complex and to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment and to plan and execute critical analyses to solve materials forensics challenges and identify future research opportunities.

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

+ Communicate effectively with customers, determining their analytical measurement needs, crafting protocols, collecting data, and reporting to customers
+ Learn about customer processes and products to select appropriate analytical tools or direct them to other resources
+ Prepare samples for analysis
+ Operate and calibrate various instrumentation to include QA/QC activities
+ Build methodologies or tools for measuring gas, liquid, or solid compositions and their impurities
+ Further the knowledge of materials aging, decomposition, or interaction with other materials
+ Maintain detailed records
+ Record, manipulate and interpret data
+ Perform all duties in compliance with operational safety, security and quality guidelines


+ You possess a bachelors degree or higher in Chemistry or related discipline plus at least 5 years relevant experience
+ Your laboratory experience includes:

- Acid digestion of a variety of materials, including microwave and/or heated mixed acid techniques
- Elemental measurements using ICP/MS and ICP/OES
- General inorganic analysis techniques
- Research methodology development
+ You are able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance


+ You have experience with separations (gas and liquid) and detectors (mass spectrometry, FID, TCD, UV/VIS); Karl Fischer titrations, and broad analytical chemistry problem solving skills
+ Experience with and desire to operate a variety of analytical tools and tackle challenging materials problems (contamination, interactions, degradation)
+ You prioritize tasks and execute multiple projects simultaneously
+ You work independently within a team environment
+ You are dedicated to high quality experimental work and ongoing scrutiny of measurements
+ Peer reviewed publication record
+ Experience in an Research and Development environment
+ Strong dedication to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

Department Description:

The Materials Reliability team is a mix of staff with PhDs in Materials, Chemistry and Surface Science, and technologists with similar technical backgrounds. Currently, the work of the department is heavily focused on problem solving activities employing a suite of gas, liquid, and solid materials characterization tools (ICP/MS, ICP/OES, LECO, GC, GC/MS, LC/PDA, UPLC/MS, IC, GPC, LIBS). The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. The prime goal of the Materials Reliability Department is to ensure that effective materials-related information is provided to customers who design and field high-consequence hardware, such that long-term reliability will be attained. Our department's R&D activities focus on the needs of Sandia's Nuclear Weapons, Energy and Environment, and National Security Programs. We have expertise in corrosion sciences and electrochemistry, gas/solid interactions and the use of various analytical tools and approaches to perform evaluations spanning a diverse range of activities such as compositional analyses of simple alloys to the identification of large biological molecules. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement. MR is part of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center (Center 1800). Center 1800 more broadly supports Sandias mission by helping predict performance and reliability of materials, developing/processing new materials through computation and synthesis, and developing novel characterization and diagnostic tools & techniques.

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) Q-level 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 must 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: 2019-08-12 Expires: 2019-09-12

 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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