Laboratory Technologist - Biological and Chemical Sensors (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7167164 (Ref:691290)

Posted: August 24, 2023

Job Description

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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking up to two dedicated and highly motivated post-Bachelor's candidates with strong background and the skills for both standard and challenging chemical synthesis and materials characterization to work as Laboratory Technologists (job title: General Technologist). Beyond these core skills, aptitude for electrochemical methods/synthesis, fabrication of prototypes, installation/programming of custom lab equipment and/or data analysis is desired. The selected applicant’s work will directly support proof-of-concept to prototype-level engineering for projects serving a wide variety of customers working in the national interest. We are seeking a candidate with technical competence, strong desire to complete challenging, novel and complex tasks, is mission oriented, and works well alongside similarly motivated colleagues in small teams (5 – 10 staff, technologists, postdocs and students). On any given day, you may be called on to: + Expand your knowledge and develop unique skills with a wide variety of technologies and fields, including in chemical synthesis, electrochromic devices, electroplating, analytical electrochemistry, radiation sensing polymers, custom batteries, thermal-vacuum environmental testing, and even radioactive chemistry/electrochemistry + Work towards gaining new materials characterization capabilities, such as learning to run and apply innovative equipment such as state-of-the-art SEM/EDS, XRF, XRD, Raman, FTIR, NMR, TEM, ion mills, tribometers and more + Work side-by-side with expert scientists and engineers who will be both mentors and colleagues, teaming to address this broad spectrum of unique science and technology challenges + Lead and manage a state-of-the-art set of chemistry laboratories Qualifications We Require: + Bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological, chemical, physical sciences, or other relevant field + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Strong sense of mission, integrity, and commitment to the national interest + Passion for solving problems: technical, logistical, etc. + Demonstrated curiosity about experimental research + Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, learn effectively, and grow in capability in a demanding career focused on mission essentials + Experience in: + synthesizing organic or inorganic materials via chemical and/or electrochemical methods + characterizing chemicals/materials for chemical and structural properties + designing/building custom laboratory equipment + managing a laboratory + programming (MATLAB, Python, C++ or similar) + CAD software (Solidworks, Pro-E or similar) + working with DAQ systems and basic PID/Arduino controller programming + Well-developed lab skills and demonstrated capacity to work safely + Demonstrated initiative and a willingness to take on considerable individual responsibility + Ability to work effectively in a collaborative teaming environment About Our Team: The Biological and Chemical Sensors Department at Sandia National Laboratories specializes in miniature sensors and sensor-based system for a variety of sensing applications including chemical, biological, and explosives. These sensors and systems can be built into wearable, handheld, UAV, or fixed/installed formats. We have a strong emphasis on nano, micro, and mesoscale fabrication in our R&D including the capability to integrate custom electronics developed in Sandia's MESA facility. We also have state-of-the-art microbiology capabilities to aid in biological sensor development. Our technologies are designed to be non-invasive or minimally invasive, and easy to use in the field or at the point of care. 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.

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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Position Information: This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years. Individuals in LTE 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: 691290

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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