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Postdoctoral Appointee - Ferroic Materials Synthesis and Characterization

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7084604 (Ref:678302)

Posted: September 3, 2021

Job Description

This 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. : Our team is seeking a motivated postdoctoral appointee to conduct experimental Ferroic Materials Synthesis and Characterization working in a dynamic multidisciplinary teaming environment engaged in leading-edge experimental research in the areas of magnetic and ferroelectric materials synthesis (nanoparticle, thin film, bulk, and composite) and their characterization. Emphasis will be on demonstrating improved understanding and control of nanoscale and mesoscale phenomena in ferroics and using this improved control to enable improvements in electromagnetic devices. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop new synthesis, consolidation, and fabrication methods for novel ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials and devices + Engage in laboratory activities related to the synthesis and characterization of ferroic nanoparticles, powders, films, parts, and composites, some of which may be air sensitive, demonstrating leadership and self-motivation within a collaborative environment + Publish and present high profile research in leading journals and conferences Please include with your resume/CV a brief statement of interest and a complete publication list. Provide at least three professional references and a summary of research interests.

Required:
+ Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, or a related field + A proven track record of relevant original work, presentations at national/international conferences, and publications in refereed journals + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Desired:
+ Outstanding problem-solving skills and effective time management skills for lab and project activities + Ability to work independently, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary teaming environment + Display strong interpersonal and organizational skills + Experience in the solution-based synthesis of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles + Familiarity with air-free chemistry techniques + Experience with powder processing methods + Experience with surface functionalization of bulk and nanomaterials with organic molecules + Experience relevant to the characterization of ligand functionalized materials (IR spectroscopy, NMR) + Experience with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and other crystallographic characterization techniques + Experience with electron microscopy (TEM, SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) + Experience with magnetometry and other magnetic characterization techniques + The ability to develop and maintain collaboration with leaders in the scientific community within and outside of Sandia National Laboratories + Curiosity about the world and a strong interest in connecting one's research to the larger context of science, society, and national security + A proven academic performance as demonstrated by high grade point averages

Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of solutions for Sandia's broad and evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our research activities have broad impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings. Our main research focus is directed along three thrusts:1. Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (including energy storage and corrosion)2. Magnetic, Dielectric and Electronic Materials Science and Applications (including ferroics and composites)3. Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, membranes, water treatment, and catalysis). Our team is committed to nurturing an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants 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 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.

Security Clearance:

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.

EEO Statement:

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. : 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.

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.


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