Postdoctoral Appointee - Layered Materials Synthesis and Catalytic Materials

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 04, 2019
May 04, 2019
Field of specialization
Engineering, Materials, Nanotechnology
Job Type

We are seeking Postdoctoral Appointees to conduct research related to synthesis, characterization and analysis of catalytic materials. Are you passionate about collaborating with dynamic, multidisciplinary research teams? Do you dream of utilizing your knowledge of electrochemical and/or heterogeneous catalysis using 2D materials to discover innovations in this area? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity.

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

  • Synthesize and fundamentally elucidate structure-property relationships of a catalytic material and its mechanisms of action
  • Work within a large, multi-disciplinary framework involving several university and national lab partners
  • Work independently and identify necessary resources and expertise
  • Publish in leading technical journals and present at national and programmatic meetings

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. 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.

About Our Team

The Electronic, Optical and Nanomaterials Department provides innovation in the design, synthesis and development of advanced, multifunctional materials to satisfy unusual needs in electronic, optical, electrochemical, structural and selective-molecular-binding applications. We control chemical and structural characteristics, from the nano- to the micro-scale, in inorganic and hybrid systems to explore new material constructs and strategies aimed at improving and growing material performance. Our efforts support DOE Defense Programs, DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE Electricity Distribution and Energy Reliability offices, other federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to maximize our research investments while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. Research thrusts include nanoparticle, nanofiber, and atomic layer deposited materials, thin films, passive and active materials for electronic, magnetic, photonic, electromechanical, and fluidic microsystems, self-assembly, and colloid chemistry.

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, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience in catalysis, including materials synthesis and characterization
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with synthesis and characterization of 2D materials
  • TEM, MS, Thermal analysis, including thermokinetic modelling and/or DFT modeling experience
  • Demonstrated record of collaboration within an interdisciplinary research team
  • Experience working independently
  • DOE security clearance

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.