Chemical Nanosensor Postdoctoral Researcher

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Materials, Nanotechnology
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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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.

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-7400.

Are you passionate about your work and dream of working at a state-of-the-art experimental facility to explore sophisticated problems? Join our creative team and tackle issues for our nation's security! We are seeking a results oriented Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct groundbreaking research to study/develop innovative separation processes and sensors based on nanoscale electrophoretic and electrochemical concepts. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers at both Sandia and other DOE National Laboratories.

You will:

  • Design, test, and study nanocapillary electrophoresis devices and trace ion signatures by electrochemical detection

  • Conduct fundamental electrochemical kinetics studies to understand and optimize device designs

  • Explore nanoconfinement effects on electrophoretic transport via electrochemical and materials characterizations

  • Develop technical leadership skills, assist writing technical reports, publish journal articles, and communicate key findings to both internal customers and the broader scientific community at conferences

Functions of this job include

  • Collaborating with a team of chemists, material scientists and others to design, fabricate, and study the fundamental aspects of a nanocapillary electrophoresis device

  • Performing original laboratory studies to develop and understand these advanced concepts for nanoscale electrophoretic separations and electrochemical sensing

  • Demonstrating leadership and self-motivation within a collaborative team environment

  • Publishing findings in leading journals and presenting research at scientific conferences

  • You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

  • Proven track record of original work, e.g. professional conference presentations and publications in refereed journals

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

  • Experience in electrophoresis, including within nanochannels

  • Experience in analytical electrochemistry

  • Experience with high vacuum systems

  • Experience fabricating micro and/or nanofluidic devices

  • Experience with materials characterizations, e.g. SEM, XRD, SIMS, and XRF

  • High quality communication skills, or a desire to develop these qualities

  • Ability to develop and maintain collaboration with leaders in the scientific community within and outside of Sandia National Laboratories

  • Curiosity about the world and an interest in connecting one's research to the larger context of science, society, and national security

  • A record of academic achievement as proven by high GPAs for relevant undergraduate degree(s) and graduate degree(s)

  • Effective interpersonal skills that build effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers

  • Candidates should also have proven creative problem solving and effective time management skills

  • Outstanding work ethic and passion for discovery

    Department Description:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative groundbreaking 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:

  • Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (including energy storage and corrosion)

  • Magnetic, Dielectric and Electronic Materials Science and Applications (including ferroics and composites)

  • Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (i.e., for hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, membranes, water treatment, and catalysis)

Our team is committed to nurturing an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• 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.

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.


Sandia employs about 8,500 people and manages about $2.3 billion of work annually. We are funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with other major funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Today, the nearly 300 million Americans depend on Sandia's technology solutions to solve national and global threats to peace and freedom. Sandia has two main sites; our headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM. We also have about 900 employees located at Livermore, CA. Both sites conduct leading-edge research to support national defense, homeland security, and our energy infrastructure.

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