Date Posted: Dec 22, 2018
We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to support projects in concentrating solar thermochemical technologies, including, but not limited to, hydrogen and fuel production, desalination, and energy storage. The position involves synthesis and characterization of materials for solar thermochemical applications. The candidate will work in the Applied Optical/Plasma Science department within the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center (1800), which provides the foundational materials expertise and innovation to enable Sandia success in its national security missions. Access to cheap and reliable renewable energy is a key component of national security. Besides the design and synthesis of new materials with specific functionality, Center 1800 maintains state of the art materials characterization tools that benefit all Sandia programs. The candidate will also work closely with staff members in the Concentrated Solar Technologies Department. Primary Job Duties: + Independently conduct and deliver your own R&D activities or projects under leadership of senior staff. These activities and projects may be theoretical, computational and/or experimental. These activities will often require working in teams that can include partners from other institutions + Work with Sandia’s technology transfer and licensing professionals to move successful R&D from the Labs to industry + Assist or lead in the development of proposals to seek funding from sponsors and customers for new or ongoing R&D projects in thermochemical technologies + Disseminate R&D outcomes in various forms including journal article publications and by presenting papers at national and international conferences + Potentially represent Sandia and the department in national or international committees relating to conferences, standards and publications.
+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in chemistry/chemical engineering, materials science/engineering, or related discipline. + Bachelor degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). + Evidence of research expertise in the form of technical publications and conference presentations + Strong record of original work as evidenced by presentations at national/international conferences and publications in refereed journals. + Extensive hands-on laboratory experience and capable of independent and safe laboratory practices.
+ Resumes should include at least three professional references, a brief statement of research interests and a list of publications. + Candidates should be capable of creative problem solving and effective time management skills. + Proficiency in inorganic and materials synthetic methods and characterization, including XRD, TGA, DSC, SEM + Experience with one or more of the following: heat transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, modeling (including thermokinetic modeling), oxide and/or nitride chemistry, computational methods, + Background in high temperature and/or solar thermochemical processes + Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills + Ability to work independently, take initiative, and expand outside of comfort zone + Willingness to collaborate with scientists and engineers of various backgrounds in a multidisciplinary teaming environment.
Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Through the DOE-funded HydroGEN Energy Materials Network, Sandia partners with several academic and industrial partners to develop advanced water-splitting materials, using the state of the art tools available in center 1800. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s 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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.
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. : 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.