Research & Development Materials Scientist – Hydrogen Effects on with Security Clearance

Sandia National Laboratories
May 10, 2022
Livermore, CA
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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 materials scientist, metallurgist or mechanical engineer (job title: R&D S&E, Materials Science) to perform advanced research in deformation and fracture of structural materials - particularly metals - in gaseous hydrogen environments. Research is performed at multiple length scales in teams with a diverse set of backgrounds that include daily interactions with mechanical metallurgists, microscopists, surface scientists and computational scientists. On any given day, you may be called on to: * Develop and sustain an experimental research portfolio * Work with staff in a multidisciplinary setting (including computational mechanics), to address fundamental scientific questions related to hydrogen-materials interactions and apply new understanding to advance materials knowledge relevant to Sandia's energy and national security missions. * Develop scientific questions and to acquire both internal and external research funding to collaborate in the outstanding Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory (HEML) at Sandia.
Our research activities have high-visibility both nationally and internationally, and successful candidates therefore must have strong presentation and writing skills. Qualifications We Require * PhD in materials science, metallurgical or mechanical engineering, or other relevant field * Experience with fracture mechanics and fatigue testing methodologies and analysis * A record of first-author or co-authored scientific publications * Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance Qualifications We Desire * Documented experience with microstructural characterization of structural metals using conventional and advanced microscopy and microanalysis techniques * Strong understanding of physical and mechanical metallurgy and knowledge of thermomechanical processing of steels and aluminum alloys * Familiarity with the effects of hydrogen on the behavior of structural materials: ferritic and austenitic steels, aluminum alloys, and nickel-based alloys * Experience with advanced characterization techniques to evaluate residual stress, microstructure, deformation and fracture * Inclusive research approach - ability to work with and leverage expertise in a diverse group of scientists and engineers * Good written and verbal communication skills through presentations at scientific conferences and journal publications About Our Team The Hydrogen and Materials Science Department provides expertise to both Sandia and the Nation to advance the infrastructure necessary to promote the use of hydrogen and its isotopes in areas relevant to Sandia's energy and nuclear deterrence missions. Staff conduct research that spans fundamental science to engineered materials in nationally recognized experimental facilities for hydrogen science. Focus areas include: fundamental understanding of material structure and behavior with respect to compatibility and aging in gaseous environments, analysis of hydrogen's long-term impact on structural materials, inform hydrogen safety codes and standards, gas behavior for risk analysis, development of solar thermochemical technology for hydrogen production, and solid-state and liquid storage for light duty vehicles and stationary applications. This expertise is applied to hydrogen end-use (e.g. air, marine, rail) application feasibility and performance assessments with industry partners. More information on the Sandia Hydrogen program website. 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 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.

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