Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopist - Postdoctoral Appointee

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan 22, 2021
Feb 21, 2021
Field of specialization
Materials, Nuclear / Radiochemical, Physical
Job Type

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of influencing the future of organic materials and optimizing their performance? Join our diverse team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security!

The Organic Materials Science department and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee with a real passion for research in materials science and a desire to study and improve the state of the art in this field. You should be a highly motivated individual who wants to pursue research utilizing solid state NMR and NMR diffusometry techniques to look at a variety of materials related issues.
This position will be grounded in NMR spectroscopy and will be directed at developing methods to address material chemistry concerns for a wide range of national security applications including organic and polymeric materials, composites, ceramics, glasses and other energy and Nuclear Deterrence related materials. Research using Machine learning tools for the prediction of diffusion in materials will also be a major component of your efforts. You will work directly with material scientists, engineers, and physicists to characterize these materials and to answer specific questions concerning structure, dynamics, kinetics, aging and lifetime in materials. The laboratory is well equipped for both solution and solid-state NMR investigations.

Your responsibilities will include:
•    The operation, maintenance and development of the future vision of the Sandia NMR facility.
•    The development and implementation of NMR methods for characterization.
•    Develop new and novel NMR methods as applied to materials chemistry.

You can become involved in a series of collaborative projects ranging from:
•    Development of novel MAS NMR techniques to structure and dynamics in materials
•    Machine learning as applied to materials science problems
•    PFG NMR studies of transport in materials
•    NMR analysis of chemistry directed towards homeland security issues

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About Our Team

The Organic Materials Science Department researches and develops new and advanced materials and processing strategies to meet a wide range of specialized applications in nuclear weapons, national security and industrial applications. Our department is dedicated to scientific discovery, creativity, innovation and practical solutions for our diverse customers. The department specializes in aging science and predictive performance of polymers, synthetic organic and polymer chemistry, thermal, mechanical, chemical, and physical characterization of organic materials, and advanced manufacturing of polymers. We perform reliability studies for polymers with an emphasis on understanding degradation mechanisms, structure-property relationships, and performance margins. Current areas of R&D in the department include: developing novel encapsulant materials, creating new thermoset chemistries for additive manufacturing, developing innovative NMR techniques to understand transport phenomena in polymers, measuring and optimizing electrical performance of polymer dielectrics, elucidating the interdependency of chemical change and polymer physics over long timeframes, crafting reversible and degradable chemistries, understanding polymer interfacial properties and adhesion, measuring and predicting radiation effects on polymers, monitoring of reactive thermoset cure kinetics, and quantifying permeation behavior and spatially dependent degradation processes. We perform a complete spectrum of chemical, structural, thermal, rheological, and mechanical characterization of polymeric materials that must perform over 30 - 40 year lifetimes.

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 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Qualifications We Require

  • You have, or are pursuing a PhD in chemistry, physics, materials science, or closely related field and possess a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • You specialize as an NMR spectroscopist, with experience in NMR spectroscopy either in solution or solid state, as detailed by your resume and graduate work.
  • Track record of scientific research accomplishment as proven by authorship of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Experience in presenting research at scientific conferences
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE L security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

Type the list of Desired Skills

  • Vibrant, independent worker.
  • Dedication for laboratory safety.
  • Demonstration of the ability to work in a collaborative team setting.
  • Maintenance, modification or development of NMR hardware and software

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 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.