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Metal-Organic Frameworks Researcher - Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Depends on experience
Closing date
Feb 27, 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.

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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 hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee to perform advanced synthesis and characterization of solid-state functional materials (focus on metal-organic frameworks). You'll thrive in a team-oriented R&D group and have the opportunity to demonstrate initiative in R&D activities useful for your professional development.
On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Perform the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
  • Perform MOFs post-synthetic modifications
  • Perform materials characterization, including: single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, porosity measurements, thermal analyses (TGA-DSC), electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), X-ray fluorescence, IR and Raman spectroscopies, UV-vis, NMR
  • Perform data analysis and contribute to progress of understanding the structure-property relationship in the studied materials systems under various testing conditions
  • Document research findings with an emphasis on publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team that will provide opportunities for collaboration with experts in a wide range of experimental techniques and materials modeling approaches

Qualifications We Require

  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field and possess a bachelor's in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Experience with organic synthesis and the synthesis and characterization of porous nanomaterials
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Highly skilled and experienced in materials synthesis, including organic linker synthesis and MOF post synthetic modification
  • Experience with materials characterization using single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, porosity measurements, thermal analyses (TGA-DSC), electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), X-ray fluorescence, IR and Raman spectroscopies, UV-vis, NMR, and familiarity working with glove boxes
  • Strong publication record as proven by papers in high impact journals
  • Effective interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and the flexibility for effective participation in teams
  • The ability to work independently and self-sufficiently with high reliability and attention to detail as part of a larger team effort
  • A CV/resume that includes a list of publications and contact information for at least three references and a cover letter (2-page maximum) addressing your qualifications for this position and research interests

About Our Team

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 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*

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 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.


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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