R&D S E , Chemistry: Organic/Polymer Scientist (Senior or Principal)
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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Job Summary

The Organic Materials Science Department is seeking an experienced organic/polymer chemist or materials scientist skilled in the synthesis and characterization of monomers and polymers, a background and understanding of aging and degradation of polymeric materials and has the demonstrated ability to conduct research and development within a team-based environment.

This job series typically:

Applies integrated technical judgment--which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses--to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. Roots the work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Creates and applies scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems. Uses physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development. Plans, conducts, and executes Sandia's science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

Conducts exploratory research to produce new knowledge in chemistry. Conceives, organizes, promotes, and executes ideas and plans to increase chemistry's contribution to Sandia's mission and create chemical approaches to meet exploratory objectives. Conducts research involving the design, development, and evaluation of new analytical instruments to exploit chemical parameters for advanced information extraction from physical and chemical systems. Provides chemical process analysis of larger processes or systems.

Primary Job Duties

Plans, conceives, conducts, or manages research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors.
Directs systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to achieve goals.
Creates new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods.
Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research.
Uses engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions.
Undertakes development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology.
Undertakes creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Advanced technical degree or significant equivalent experience.
Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position.
Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline's standards for the ethical conduct of research.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives.
Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines.


- A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science or related field.
- A minimum of 2 years post-doctorate experience or equivalent.
- An in-depth, hands-on understanding of polymer synthesis.
- Knowledge of molecular and polymer characterization techniques.
- Excellent verbal and communication skills as demonstrated by publications, patents, and presentations.
- A proven track record of writing successful team proposals.
- An understanding and commitment to laboratory safety protocols.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a required DOE Q security clearance.


Background and track record in the following areas are highly desired:
1) An in-depth, hands-on understanding of polymer materials aging, degradation and associated mechanisms,
2) knowledge of molecular and polymer electronics,
3) design of polymeric sensors,
4) aging/compatibility testing and analysis of organic materials and components,
5) examples of independent research concepts relevant to Sandia's national security mission.

In addition to conducting and directing research, the candidate will collaborate with other Sandia staff and internal customers to implement the research into practical applications.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.


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