Date Posted: May 28, 2019
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. : **Are you passionate about your work and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you enjoy collaborating with dynamic, multidisciplinary research teams?** We seek a motivated postdoctoral experimentalist to assist us in building and demonstrating first experiments on a new world-leading apparatus. These experiments will combine ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) imaging with nonlinear-optical spectroscopy of both the gas phase and surface (such as CARS, SFG, and LIF). We will elucidate the coupled gas-surface chemistry and transport involved in important and canonical catalytic reactions. On any given day, you will: + Collaborate with researchers on customization of ultrafast optical experiments. + Operate and optimize a UHV sample preparation chamber equipped with all the standard tools of surface science and operate an ambient pressure XPS during combined optical experiments. + Grasp the larger goals of the project and propose innovative solutions and directions. You will be expected to partner with a multi-investigator team and present results at national/international meetings and to publish research in high profile peer-reviewed journals.
You have the following: + PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials/surface science, electrical or mechanical engineering, or a closely related discipline + Either (1) significant experience with laser experimentation, ideally ultrafast pump-probe or nonlinear optical methods OR (2) extensive experience in surface science, UHV technology, and XPS.
You also have one, or more, of the following: + Solid background in nonlinear optics, instrumentation, ultrafast lasers, and electronics + Solid background in XPS + Ability to address complex problems creatively, and to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with other researchers. + Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences + Experience with LabVIEW, MATLAB, SIMION, and 3D CAD
The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment.
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.