Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Chemistry and Battery Development

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 22, 2018
Nov 21, 2018
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Energy, Engineering, Materials
Job Type

What Your Job Will Be Like

The Photovoltaics & Materials Technologies Department has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher who is passionate about, and wants to see their research have direct impact on innovative projects. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? You could join our dynamic team to use your experience to develop cutting edge solutions by using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to explore creative and unique solutions.

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

  • Develop cost effective rechargeable battery systems for grid scale storage, focused on aqueous battery chemistries such as zinc-manganese oxide;
  • Develop and optimize new chemistries, materials, formulations, components and processing conditions in order to build and test batteries with validated increased performance at a lower cost;
  • Develop nanoscale electro-catalysts for potential metal-air batteries, fuel cell and electrolyzer applications;
  • Collaborate with Sandia's multi-disciplinary environment and 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.

About Our Team

The Photovoltaics & Materials Tech Department, part of Sandia's Renewable Energy Technologies Group, conducts research and development and applies real world solutions to increase the viability of sustainable and clean energy systems. Research focuses on solar energy photovoltaics (PV), materials chemistry, and device integration for energy generation, energy efficiency, and carbon management. We apply PV and materials research to the following areas: PV cell technologies including Si, CdTe and CIGS thin films, and emerging technologies (i.e., perovskites), advanced PV module designs (i.e., bifacial, split cells conformable), concentrating solar power, hydrogen production, and batteries for grid and device storage. We work in partnership throughout Sandia and with industry, academia, and other national labs in research for the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office: Solar Energy Technology Office, Office of Electricity, the Department of Defense; and Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

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.


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.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a related field;
  • General electrochemistry and/or battery experience;
  • Synthetic materials chemistry experience;
  • Publication record of innovative research in the related fields;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance .

Qualifications We Desire

  • Demonstrated project management skills;
  • Ability to mentor undergraduate students and technologists;
  • Good oral- and written-communication skills;
  • Team-oriented approach.

Security Clearance

  • Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance to start.
  • Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted L-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.
  • 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 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.

Position Information

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. You qualify for application if you received your PhD within a five-year time frame prior to employment.

As a Sandian, in your postdoctoral position, you may bid on regular Sandia positions as an internal applicant. In some cases, a possibility could exist for you to be converted to regular career positions during your term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.