Postdoctoral Appointee - Chemical Detection
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7088829 (Ref #: 679311)
- Posting Date: Nov 11, 2021
Job DescriptionThis posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. : We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking postdoctoral researcher to join our multi-disciplinary team to work in the Biological and Chemical Sensors Department. Work in the chemical detection area will focus on developing micro-fabricated and miniaturized sensor systems for the detection of chemical warfare agents, narcotics, and explosives. Sensor systems to monitor disease, infection, or the physiological states of biological systems will also be investigated. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Use miniature gas chromatography systems, micro resonators, ion mobility spectrometers, and other sensor technologies to develop detection systems for target compounds of national security and commercial concern; + Perform system or component-level design, fabrication, and testing of sensor technologies; + Analyze data using programs such as Matlab or statistical analysis software; + Use results from laboratory-scale analytical chemistry equipment to validate system operation or identify target compounds in environmental or biological samples.
+ PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related field; + Experience with micro sensors, microfluidics, sensors, or biosensors; + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
+ Familiarity with microfabrication processes and procedures; + Knowledge of chemical sensor coatings and surface modifications; + Experience using analytical chemistry equipment; + Computer aided design (CAD) experience; + Experience with multiphysics software tools for modeling and simulation of sensor components or devices (e.g. ANSYS); + Proven experience in the design, fabrication and testing of portable sensor systems; + Experience with data analysis and/or statistics using Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Minitab, or equivalent software; + Experience in laboratory ownership including writing procedures and detailing environmental, safety and health related items. + Research experience using volatile organic compound (VOC) markers for physiological monitoring.
The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department at Sandia National Laboratories specializes in miniature sensors and sensor-based systems for detection of chemical, biological, and explosives compounds. These sensors and systems can be built into wearable, handheld, UAV, or fixed/installed formats. We have a strong emphasis on nano, micro, and mesoscale fabrication in our R&D including the capability to integrate custom electronics developed in Sandia’s MESA facility. To support our chemical vapor detection efforts, we have developed a state-of-the-art hardware platform able to detect a variety of chemical targets in complex backgrounds. In biological detection, we have acoustic- and electrochemical-based portable systems for cell lysis and highly specific and sensitive detection of DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. We also have state-of-the-art microbiology capabilities to aid in biological sensor development. Our technologies are designed to be non-invasive or minimally invasive, and easy to use in the field or at the point of care.
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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical 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.
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.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
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.