Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Science for Energy Storage

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec 03, 2018
Jan 02, 2019
Job Type
Full time

The Nanoscale Sciences Department at Sandia National Labs in NM is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct electrochemical materials science research and development as a team member of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). An opportunity exists to explore the relationships between liquid electrolyte structure, electrolyte transport properties and electrolyte reactivity at electrode surfaces.

Typical work assignments include:

  • Glove box based synthesize and subsequent property and electrochemical characterization of liquid electrolytes
  • Coordination, performance, and/or analysis of materials characterization experiments using electron microscopies (SEM, TEM, cryo-TEM), surface spectroscopy (XPS, ToF-SIMS), spectroscopies (NMR, Raman), electrochemical atomic force microscopy, laboratory-based x-ray tomography, and synchrotron-based x-ray methods
  • Contribution to publication and presentation of scientific findings

Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative leading-edge research that advances the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enables the collaborative development of creative 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)

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.

EEO Statement:

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.


  • PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in a chemistry, materials science and/or, physics or engineering related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Experience in the field of electrochemical-based energy storage
  • Experience with electrochemical measurements and instrumentation
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance


  • Experience conducting operando materials characterization in electrochemical cells
  • Experience with material characterization with one or more of the following: SEM, TEM, NMR, Raman, AFM, XAS, XRD
  • Experience with glove box operations

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.