Chemistry Technologist - Explosives Development (Experienced)

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 30, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Field of specialization
Green Chemistry, Materials, Organic
Job Type
Full time

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


We are seeking a Chemistry Technologist join a diverse, high-performing team responsible for synthesis, formulation, and processing of energetic materials in support of a variety of national security applications.

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

  • Perform energetic materials synthesis, formulation, and processing.
  • Perform basic characterization of energetic materials.
  • Provide laboratory stewardship such as environment, safety and health (ES&H) and security responsibilities, maintaining work-control documentation, managing property, coordinating activities with other laboratories.


  • B.S. in Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field plus 5 or more years of experience in the area of synthesis, formulation or reprocessing of organic materials
  • Demonstrated experience planning, conducting, and documenting high-quality, high-rigor scientific studies
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


  • M.S. in Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field.
  • Formal training and knowledge of explosives; specifically their chemical, mechanical and physical properties.
  • Excellent oral communication and technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Willingness to be trained and qualified to work with explosives and other energetic materials Well-developed interpersonal skills and able to work across dynamic teams.
  • Active DOE-Q clearance

Department Description:

The Energetic Materials Department (Organization 02555) is an integral part of the Explosives Technologies Group (ETG) at Sandia National Laboratories. The Energetic Materials Department is responsible for the development and characterization of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) for a variety of national security applications. Activities include chemical and physical analysis, accelerated aging, compatibility evaluations, materials research/development, and anomaly investigation. Other research activities include the development of novel explosives detection systems, development of new analytical methodologies, and advanced manufacturing of energetic materials.

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:

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 need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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