Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Electrochemistry and Corrosion

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan 09, 2019
Feb 08, 2019
Field of specialization
Engineering, Materials, Physical
Job Type

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experimental and theoretical research and development related to electrochemistry.

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

  • Develop and utilize cutting edge electrochemical and surface analytical techniques to study atmospheric corrosion mechanisms
  • Perform research in the area of localized corrosion to support additive manufacturing initiatives
  • Perform research concerning atmospheric stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels
  • Publish innovative research in leading technical journals and present at national and international technical meetings

Department Description:

The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. Our department’s corrosion R&D activities focus on understanding the mechanisms of corrosion phenomena as means of developing improved next generation approaches to corrosion monitoring and control along with development of corrosion resistant materials. These activities are team-driven and highly multi-disciplinary in nature. Our efforts support DOE’s Defense, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Fuel Cycle Technologies programs and other federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to leverage our research investments while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. Our current research thrusts include atmospheric corrosion mechanisms, atmospheric stress corrosion cracking, coating development, and additively manufactured metals.

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 materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a closely related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field
  • Academic focus in electrochemistry or corrosion
  • Experience in electrochemistry, electrochemical characterization
  • Good communication skills and research collaborations as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoE L-level security clearance


  • Familiarity with a range of surface analytical techniques, such as optical spectroscopy, XPS, SIMS, profilometry
  • Experience with scanning electrochemical probe or microelectrode techniques
  • Record of integrated computational and experimental approaches for study of corrosion or electrochemical phenomena
  • Technical skills related to programming, data processing, and instrumentation
  • Ability to interact with team members of diverse technical backgrounds

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.

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. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral 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.