Materials Scientist - Synthetic/Biological Polymers (Experienced)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 12, 2018
May 12, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Soft, Biological, and Nanocomposite Materials (SBCN) Thrust in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is seeking an experimental research scientist with expertise in soft matter nanoscience. Specific areas of specific interest include synthesis and characterization of synthetic and/or biological polymers, soft matter chemistry and self-assembly, and soft materials fabrication/lithography. This position is a critical role in the CINT user program, which is jointly operated by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. For additional information about CINT, visit

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Conduct world-leading original research and support user projects in the areas of soft matter and nanoscience integration
  • Lead a growing collaborative experimental research program in basic and user-inspired research that exploits current and future CINT capabilities and strategic directions
  • Conduct research that will garner national and international peer recognition, lead to highly cited publications in major journals, create new intellectual property, and have impact in important science and technology programs to solve critical challenges in energy and National security
  • Work with the growing community of CINT users who seek your expertise to advance their own research
  • Engage in stimulating collaborations, develop new research programs that leverage expertise at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and lead in the development of new nanoscience integration capabilities
  • Lead a small team of technicians and postdoctoral researchers, to include development of team members through training, guidance towards substantial research contributions, and scientific publications


  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related discipline
  • On-going scientific research and creative leadership in soft materials science or related fields
  • Experience working in research teams on complex multicomponent projects
  • Experience working in a related nanoscience area
  • Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


  • Experience with the synthesis and characterization of synthetic and/or biological polymers, soft matter chemistry and self-assembly, and soft materials fabrication/lithography
  • Experience fostering scientific collaborations with a diverse population of visiting researchers including students, post-doctoral scientists, and research peers from academic, industrial and other research institutions
  • National reputation as evidenced by multiple concurrent, interdisciplinary collaborations and involvement in scientific-society activities
  • Experience with program development and grants preparation with intra- and extramural funding agencies

Department Description:

The Nanosystems Synthesis/Analysis department (01882) is one of two departments at Sandia that are a part of The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). CINT is a Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center operating as a national user facility devoted to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. Through its core facility in Albuquerque and gateway facility at Los Alamos, CINT provides users from academia, industry, and government labs, open access to the tools and expertise needed to explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro world. CINT is an equal partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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 schedules, 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT