Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Characterization in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Component Science, Engineering and Production Center utilizes metals, ceramics, polymers and thin films to make devices that operate at the limits of materials performance. Materials related issues must be fully understood before implementing new designs. Therefore, the Analytical Technologies Department is seeking a high performing individual with a strong background in Materials Science, or related field with specialization or experience in materials characterization using XPS, Auger, SIMS, Raman, FT-IR and/or other surface analysis tools. In performing work to support a research grand challenge project, the Appointee may be asked to investigate the roles of surface nanoscale structure, ion and photoemission of electrons in discharge initiation. In addition to the surface tools mentioned above, the Appointee will have at their disposal state-of-the-art techniques such as ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) through collaboration with Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT, www.cint.lanl.gov) facility at Sandia.
The central part of the work is to generate technical information to better understand our products and processes by executing various surface and materials electronic structure related research projects. The successful candidate will work closely with other staff members in the department and with their help use characterization techniques such as SEM, TEM, XRD, mass spectroscopy and chemistry to bring understanding and solutions to materials problems. Collaborations with other science and research organizations within Sandia is highly encouraged. The lab has current projects with others in the lab and at universities investigating surface electron emissions, surface compositions of thin films, developing thin films for generation of fundamental knowledge of electronic ceramics behavior, and in prediction of electrical discharge events, either via incorporating experimental data into codes, or validating code outputs. In all cases, the Appointee’s will be part of teams whose work will be published in quality peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
On any given day, the appointee may be called on to:
- Interact with world-class experimental and modeling/theory teams specializing in physics of charge transport, electronic properties, thin film synthesis, plasmas, and discharge formation.
- Collaborate with internationally recognized groups both internal and external to Sandia, providing a broad technical perspective and significant visibility of the work.
- Perform experiments in state-of-the-art surface characterization laboratories using cutting edge techniques and toolsets.
- Perform research in a team environment, including reliance on others for critical-path elements.
- Collaborate with other team members to produce publications for peer-reviewed journals and presentations for conferences
- Travel to support research and to present at conferences
- PhD conferred within 5 years prior to employment in materials science, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, or related field
- Bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline.
- Able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance.
- Research experience in the use of surface analysis tools such as Auger Spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy, or secondary ion mass spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and photoemission electron microscopy, and ability to analyze data from these instruments
- Background and knowledge of the electronic behavior of materials, or response of materials to applied electrical fields
- Experience with thin film deposition characterization techniques, and designing and building ultrahigh vacuum systems
- Experience comparing experimental and computational results
- Ability and willingness to work safely and securely according to SNL ES&H and Security Requirements
The Analytical Technologies Department is responsible for performing chemical and physical characterization of materials and components for the Neutron Generator Design and Production Programs within the Component Science, Engineering and Production Center. The Department consists of laboratories specializing in defect/failure analysis, surface chemistry, radiochemistry, metallurgy and Ceramics, wet-chemistry and instrumental analysis, gas dynamics and mass spectrometry and particulate contamination control. Currently, nine highly qualified staff and ten technologists provide technical expertise, problem solving, research and development support, consultation and analysis capabilities to support the Centers mission.
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Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-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 L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
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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.