R&D Energetic Materials Research (Experienced)

We are seeking an outstanding R&D Chemist to join a diverse, high-performing team responsible for conducting energetic materials research and supporting energetic component product realization for a variety of national security applications. Some travel may be required.

On any given day, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Leading energetic materials development research and capabilities development
  • Providing energetic materials expertise in support of energetic component production
  • Engaging energetic materials research community (small amounts of travel required)
  • Managing laboratory and capability reinvestment and growth
  • Providing professional development for technologists
  • Working in direct contact with explosives and other energetic materials


The following qualifications are required in order to be considered for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree AND advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Chemistry, Materials Science or a related science/engineering field;
  • Two or more years directly related experience;
  • Demonstrated experience planning, conducting, and documenting high-quality, high-rigor materials synthesis and formulation;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

The following qualifications are required and will be evaluated during the review and interview process:

  • Willingness to be trained and qualified to work with explosives and other energetic materials.


  1. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science or a related science/engineering field with a focus on inorganic materials;
  2. Demonstrated experience formulating and/or processing pyrotechnic materials;
  3. Demonstrated experience formulating and/or processing plastic bonded energetic materials;
  4. Formal training and knowledge of explosives; specifically, their chemical, mechanical and physical properties;
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in technical reports;
  6. Demonstrated experience leading independent research and development activities;
  7. Demonstrated ability to work independently and coordinate multiple activities simultaneously;
  8. Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute and work in a team environment;
  9. Active DOE-Q Level security clearance.

Department Description:

The Energetics Characterization Department, Organization 2555, is an integral part of the Explosives Technologies Group at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Energetics Characterization Department is located within the Explosives Components Facility and is responsible for the development, characterization and performance evaluation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics). This includes activities related to aging, materials compatibility, production process evaluation, material research/development and anomaly characterization as they relate to performance of energetic materials. In addition, the Energetics Characterization Department is actively engaged in the development of novel explosives detection systems, new analytical methods of analyses and fundamental research into the understanding of initiation and detonation processes.

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 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.

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 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