Postdoctoral Candidate – Research and Development of Chemical Nanosensors at, NM for Sandia National Laboratories


This posting will be open to applications for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the “posting date”. Sandia reserves the right to extend the publication date at any time.

Are you passionate about your work and dream of working in a state-of-the-art experimental facility to explore complex problems? Join our creative team and tackle our nation’s security issues! We are seeking a results-driven postdoctoral candidate to conduct cutting-edge experimental research to study / develop innovative nanosensors and separation processes based on nanoscale electrochemical and electrophoretic concepts. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. You can:

  • Fabricate, study, and optimize nanarray devices for sensors and processes for national security and other advanced applications
  • Fundamentally understand the relevant structure / chemistry / property relationships
  • Engage in other materials-related projects that are likely to emerge over time in areas such as new carbon nanomaterials for electrochemical energy storage and chemical sensing

The duties of this job include

  • Perform original laboratory studies to fundamentally develop and understand advanced nanoscale concepts for electrochemical sensor and electrophoresis applications
  • Engage in activities related to the fabrication and testing of these concepts at the nanoscale
  • Demonstrate leadership and personal motivation in a collaborative team environment
  • Publication of results in leading journals and presentation of research at scientific conferences


  • You have or are pursuing a doctorate in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field and have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Experience in electrochemistry and / or electrophoresis
  • History of original work, p. ex. presentations at conferences, publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • Experience in electrochemical measurements
  • Understanding of electrophoresis concepts
  • Experience with high vacuum systems
  • Experience in film deposition methods (e.g. RF sputtering, evaporation, etc.)
  • Scanning electron microscopy experiment
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaboration with leaders of the scientific community inside and outside Sandia National Laboratories
  • Curiosity about the world and keen interest in relating one’s research to the larger context of science, society and national security
  • A record of academic achievement proven by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills that build effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers
  • Applicants should also have proven creative problem solving and time management skills.

Department description:

The Nanoscale Science Department conducts cutting-edge collaborative research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of creative solutions for Sandia’s large and evolving missions in national security and development. ‘energy. Our research activities have a broad impact; and generally generate publications and presentations in high-level peer-reviewed journals at professional scientific meetings. Our main research axis revolves around three axes: 1. Science and applications of electrochemical materials (including energy storage and corrosion) 2. Science and applications of magnetic, dielectric and electronic materials (including ferroics and composites) 3. Science and applications of nanostructured materials (i.e. for capture / storage of hazardous materials, detection, membranes, water treatment and catalysis).

Our team is committed to fostering an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing composition of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits candidates from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technological innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a wide range of fields. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: • Challenging work with incredible impact that contributes to global security, peace and freedom • Amazing colleagues • Some of the best research tools, equipment and facilities to the world • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities • Flexible working arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (working 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday free) and 4/10 (working 4 days off). ten hours per week) compressed work weeks, part-time work and telecommuting (a mix of on-site work and work from home) • Generous vacations, solid medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work-life balance *

Technologies that change the world. Careers that change life. To learn more about Sandia, visit: http: //* These benefits vary by job classification.

Security clearance:

Sandia is required by the DOE to perform a pre-employment drug test and background review which includes personal reference checks, credit checks, law enforcement records, and employment checks. education. 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. from the United States and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be affected.

Candidates proposed for employment with Sandia undergo a federal background investigation to meet requirements for access to classified information or questions if the duties of the position require a security clearance from the DOE. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct, or other indicators of lack of trust may result in the denial or termination of an authorization by the DOE, resulting in inability to perform assigned duties and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Declaration:

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or status. veteran and any other class protected under national or federal law.

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for a maximum of one year, which can be renewed at Sandia’s discretion for up to five additional years. The doctorate must have been conferred within the five years preceding the hiring.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may apply for regular Sandia positions as internal candidates and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their tenure if continued operational needs, continued availability of funds and satisfactory professional performance justifies it.

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