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Postdoctoral Appointee: Laser Based Processes for Deposition and Surface Modification

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Depends on experience
Closing date
Oct 11, 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated postdoctoral appointee to support research of laser-based processes for film deposition and surface modifications. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan and perform experiments, install, repair, and maintain diagnostic tools, collect and analyze data with the goal of understanding how particle size and velocity affect deformation mechanics upon impact.

  • Perform design and characterization necessary to support projects or experiments

  • Publish journal articles and present work at local and national conferences

  • Interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia National Laboratories to develop new research opportunities and projects

Qualifications We Require:

  • Possess, or are pursuing. a PhD in materials science & engineering, metallurgical/materials engineering, applied physics, or a related field

  • Experience in thin film deposition research and development

  • Experience in laser irradiation and/or optics research and development

  • Experience in designing and conducting laser-based experiments involving open beam alignments

  • Experience with Materials Characterization (Electron/Optical microscopy; Mechanical, and/or Thermal Properties)

  • History of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific and/or technical conferences

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with sensors (IR/UV cameras, Pyrometers, Thermal Imaging cameras, High speed cameras, electron detectors, etc.) and data acquisition

  • Experience with vacuum pumping systems

  • Experience with Data Analytics, Electromagnetic field modelling, and Image Processing (ImageJ, COMSOL, C++, MatLab, Python preferred)

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

About Our Team:

The Advanced Metal Processing Department provides fundamental scientific and engineering expertise in the areas of laser machining and surface modification, precision engineering, metal additive manufacturing, and oversight of the materials property information (GRANTA MI) for the Laboratories. Precision engineering includes the design and fabrication of miniature and meso-scale devices, electrical discharge machining (EDM), laser machining, laser etching, as well as technical consulting. In Metal Additive Manufacturing, we use laser powder bed, Wire Arc, and directed energy deposition (LENS) technologies for both fundamental research and rapid prototyping. In addition, we develop applications, curate, and maintain the GRANTA materials information system. Our staff supports a variety of programs and is highly engaged in providing collaborative, innovative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions.

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.


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.

Job ID: 685650


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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PO Box 5800
MS: 1515
New Mexico

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