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Postdoctoral Appointee in Chemistry/Polymer Chemistry

Sandia National Laboratories
Livermore, California
Depends on experience
Closing date
Feb 22, 2022

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation 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) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee join our Polymer Chemistry Lab! This position requires a successful chemist to work in a highly dynamic and exciting environment conducting materials research and development projects. The chemist will be working as a part of a team of hard-working technologists and highly experienced staff. Although ongoing projects include optimization of adhesive bonding to various substrates, formulation of foams and encapsulants for component development, long term accelerated aging of polymers, formulation of new foams and desiccants, testing and long-term aging of conductive adhesives, special focus for this position would be studies on compatibility of polymers in hydrogen environments as applicable to technologies enabling a clean energy transition under programs sponsored by DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, such as H-Mat and HyBlend.

As part of the effort under HMAT, the candidate may have opportunities to develop and run experiments relating to permeation and diffusion of hydrogen and hydrogen/natural gas mixtures in polymeric seals and O-rings, thermal desorption methods to assess hydrogen content within polymers, examine mechanistic changes due to the effect of cold/ambient temperatures and high pressures in a cyclic hydrogen environment. The program is actively developing new pioneering capabilities for in-situ hydrogen exposure and characterization, for example Raman spectroscopy and micro CT tools.

Dissemination of findings in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals at National Lab conferences and other external conferences is highly encouraged and supported.

On any given day, the chemist will:

  • Apply the scientific method to formulate hypotheses, design experiments, conduct laboratory activities and analyze data to deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories mission areas
  • Design and carry out experiments to elucidate the best formulation/materials, processing conditions and properties for relevant hydrogen applications
  • Look for development of innovative approaches or methods towards achieving sponsor’s/Sandia’s customer’s goals
  • Support and successfully implement multi-disciplinary R&D projects by supplementing their technical training and problem-solving skills to that of others on the project team.
  • Arrange meetings with customer/sponsors for establishing test/product/process requirements towards meeting project needs and monthly updates to them on progress made is expected.
  • Prepare memos and reports that will be delivered to customers/sponsors summarizing the results of R&D work and long-term projects
  • Undertake/aid in the development and possible transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology from the design agency to production agency

Qualifications We Require

  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry /Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering, or related field
  • Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position, supported by a relevant presentation and publication record
  • Experience in polymer processing and characterization.
  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire


  • Ability to team across multiple fields and backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel (approximately 20% of time).
  • Modeling experience with exposure to machine learning methods is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the use of modern analytical techniques for characterizing polymers (DMTA, GPC/SEC, FT-IR, SEM, TEM, NMR, TGA, DSC, GC-MS, etc.)
  • Knowledge or experience in LabView programming
  • Commitment to constantly improving ES&H and security as well as an understanding of activity-level (hazardous work) and laboratory operations.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including development/delivery of presentations to technical and non-technical audiences as needed.

About Our Team

The Materials Chemistry Department is a group of Chemists, Material Scientists, and Chemical Engineers who actively supports the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile by providing materials expertise to SNL's non-nuclear components. We use our understanding of chemical properties to design, evaluate and exploit monomers, polymers and functional materials. Our core competencies span foams, composites, adhesives, plastics, surface finishing and electrochemical deposition. We have the facilities for materials characterization, design prototyping and WR processing.

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.


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.

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.


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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