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R&D Manager: Nanoscale Sciences Department

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Depends on experience
Closing date
Jan 20, 2022

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

Job Details

Posting Duration

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.

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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a visionary and team-oriented R&D Manager to lead the Nanoscale Sciences Department (1874), within the Semiconductor, Nano and Quantum Sciences Group (1870). Our department works in collaboration with departments across Sandia and R&D teams external to Sandia to advance the fundamental understanding of material properties, mechanisms and performance at the nanoscale regime utilizing an extensive range of experimental capabilities integrated with computational material science collaborations. Our innovative materials science research enables the collaborative development of creative disruptive solutions for Sandia's evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our research activities have broad scientific and intellectual property impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings. Our main research focus is directed along two materials thrusts:

  • Electrochemical Materials Science
  • Ferroic, Dielectric, and Electronic Materials Science
We also partner with others to reap the harvest of our materials research activity to realize intellectual property development and applications in a third R&D thrust:

  • Sensor and Device Realization and Integration
In addition to our core deterrence mission, our materials science activities impact next generation energy storage, grid, electric vehicle applications and other National Security mission needs. In addition to cross-cutting interactions within Sandia National Laboratories, the Department has numerous cross-cutting interactions with other National/Government Labs, Industry and Academia. As a result, the Department Manager identifies, develops, and facilitates these interactions as needed. The Department Manager will lead the evolutionary development of vision and strategy for the Department in collaboration with department R&D personnel and the management team within the 1870 Group and Sandia’s Materials, Physical and Chemical Sciences Center (Center 1800). The Manager will steward the department’s capabilities, develop and mentor associated research staff and technologists, lead the advancement of associated experimental and facility capabilities, and guide the development of R&D portfolios that utilize and advance the technical abilities of the staff. The Manager will also foster a Department research environment that supports the positive mentoring and safety of various interns and postdoctoral researchers associated with the Department.

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

  • Serve as an ambassador for the Department’s research activity to various internal and external parties
  • Continually guide and evolve the Department’s Materials Science R&D direction and foster an inclusive research environment that encourages scientific and inventive innovation for developing disruptive mission solutions
  • Use and expand your technical expertise to help guide the Department’s future direction
  • Foster the development of staff, technologists, postdoctoral researchers, and student interns
  • Host visiting scientists and customers engaged in the Department’s R&D activities
  • Ensure the safe and secure operation and steward the Department’s considerable innovative R&D lab and instrument resources
Qualifications We Require

  • A bachelor’s and an advanced degree in materials science, chemistry, engineering, physics, or a related field
  • Eight years’ proven scientific and/or engineering experience
  • Solid interpersonal skills as evidenced by a track record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at professional scientific conferences and/or successful program leadership with internal and/or external customers (a list of publications should be included in the CV)
  • Able to acquire a DOE Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, engineering, physics, or related field
  • 2 or more years of experience managing a Science and Technology (S&T) organization, or the equivalent program leadership experience
  • Active DOE Q-level clearance
  • Experience developing new R&D opportunities
  • Experience conducting or managing R&D in the fields of energy storage, corrosion or advanced electronic or ferroic materials
  • Proven track record forming trust-based relationships with partners and customers
  • Proven ability of building and leading teams that partner effectively and deliver results
  • Demonstrated dedication to Sandia values and to diversity
  • Demonstrated interest in people and organizational management, with motivation to develop people and improve the careers of associates
  • Work with others towards leading strategic planning and the creation and execution of actionable roadmaps with measurable metrics for success
  • Successfully manage basic science research or mission-inspired R&D for National Security, interacting as needed with the broader materials science community
  • Serve as a customer liaison to foster broad applications of materials science to mission
  • Represent Sandia S&T to internal and external customers
  • Exercising critical thinking on a wide range of technical and nontechnical issues
  • Ensure safe and secure lab operations
About Our Team

As a result of success in its materials science and integration thrusts, members of the Nanoscale Science Department have high visibility internally and within the international materials science community evidenced by active peer-reviewed publication, patent activity and scientific community activity. Lab activities are supported by innovative expertise, facilities, and equipment. Many R&D activities cross-cut the activities of the 1870 Semiconductor, Nanoscale, and Quantum Sciences Group, a multidisciplinary Group integrating physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science expertise to create new scientific knowledge that addresses emerging threats and needs across the national security and energy-climate landscapes.

Our Group provides recognized R&D leadership and subject matter expertise for:

  1. The design, growth, processing, and characterization of next-generation wide-bandgap semiconductor materials and devices for power switching, radio-frequency, and optoelectronic applications
  2. The evaluation and development of emerging electronic and optical materials and devices
  3. Advancing the understanding and control of nanoscale materials behavior for enabling advanced ferroic, dielectric, electronic, sensing, energy storage, and electrochemical applications; and 4) quantum and superconducting materials and devices. We partner with other groups across Sandia, other government agencies, universities, and industry to accelerate innovative solutions for some of our nation’s most compelling national security challenges.
Our team is committed to nurturing a culture 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*
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*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.


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


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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