Postdoctoral Appointee

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  The Materials, Devices, and Energy Technologies Department has an immediate postdoctoral research opening primarily in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry at our Albuquerque, New Mexico facility. The postdoc’s primary responsibilities will be in the development and synthesis of new ion and/or electronic conducting oligomers and polymers for applications in electrical energy storage, catalysis and separations. Work is also expected in the area of small molecule synthesis. In addition to organic synthesis, the position will also entail developing and optimizing new materials formulations, components and processing conditions in order to develop integrated polymer systems with increased performance at a lower cost. The candidate is expected to interface with Sandia's multi-disciplinary environment and to span the range from fundamental to applied research: both to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles and aid in the development of technologies transferable to U.S. renewable energy industries where relevant.Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance if required for a position.  Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for employment including access to classified information or matter.

How to Apply
Apply by completing an online application at:
Click on “View all jobs” and enter Job Number “657439" into the Keyword search. 

Qualifications We Require

-- A PhD in organic, polymer or supramolecular chemistry

-- Publication record of innovative research in the related fields

-- Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE security clearance 

Qualifications We Desire

-- Experience in self-assembly and other supramolecular chemistry concepts

-- Experience in molecular recognition chemistry

-- Synthetic inorganic (materials) chemistry experience

-- General electrochemistry knowledge

-- Experience with electrochemical systems (Batteries, Capacitors, Electrolyzers)

-- Demonstrated project management skills

-- Ability to mentor undergraduate students and technologists   

About Our Team

Sandia National Laboratories is a world leader in the development of renewable energy systems. Our Concentrated Solar Technologies Department located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, develops Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems in partnership with DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and industry to facilitate the successful development and market deployment of utility scale solar electric and sustainable solar fuels.

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 L-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 L-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.


Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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.