R D Laboratory Support Technologist (Senior or Principal)
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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R&D Laboratory Support Tec SE

Job Summary

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the GC/LC/MS laboratories in department 01819. This will include customer support, running samples, interpreting data, writing reports and communicating with customers. The successful candidate will also be responsible for ES&H in the laboratories including writing documentation, using our job-card system, and insuring compliance with all ES&H rules in the laboratories. The successful candidate will work closely with Sandia staff to provide accurate results to the customers and will also work with Sandia staff to develop new customers for the laboratories. The successful candidate will team with other Sandia staff within and outside of the department to provide the optimum customer support. Additional duties will include purchases, arranging or performing lab and equipment maintenance, (including escorting of service personnel), and other general laboratory duties.

This job series typically:

Supports science and engineering research, development, and engineering (RD&E) activities which are characterized primarily by their nonroutine, prototypical nature. Helps RD&E technical staff realize their ideas and designs and accomplish project goals. Working in a laboratory or facility, operates and maintains experimental equipment, performs experiments, maintains a safe environment, and makes, records, and documents observations. Performs a wide variety of technical procedures with minimal direction.

Primary Job Duties

Conducts chemical, biological, or physical experiments to assist scientists and engineers in the performance of RD&E, and performs qualitative and quantitative analyses for work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical applications of science or technology.
Develops new experimental processes, utilizes novel analytical techniques, establishes new characterization methods, optimizes existing laboratory and characterization techniques, and performs experiments.
Develops, builds, modifies, repairs, or maintains a wide variety of laboratory apparatus and equipment, and interfaces this equipment for data acquisition.
Develops and maintains material and process specifications to support engineering and scientific processes and works with key suppliers.
Performs data analysis and interpretation, statistical error analysis, materials characterization, and information extraction, and formally documents results for the customer.
Supports documentation and publication efforts, including the preparation of information for scientific and engineering publications.
Performs work in a safe and compliant manner, seeks out subject matter expert advice as needed, and maintains the necessary documentation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Requires an understanding of the scientific method and experimental procedures.
Skill and knowledge in one or more areas of physics, chemistry, computer science, materials science, lasers, optics, engineering, radiation, microelectronics, semiconductors, or biology.
Ability to apply analytical and computer skills.
Ability to interface equipment to data acquisition systems.
Knowledge of utilization of instrumentation to measure and observe physical phenomena and effects.
Ability to develop expert knowledge of laboratory equipment and processes to enable making adjustments when necessary and to recognize when equipment malfunctions.
Ability to conceptualize and communicate major elements of experimental design and results and to represent to other staff, management, and visitors, the scientific and engineering principles being investigated or developed.
Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating anomalies and alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems.
Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures.


- Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Material Science or a related field.

Demonstrated experience in the following:
- Data and sample collection and interpretation in the prior listed techniques.
- Data acquisition and interpretation.
- Equipment maintenance and scheduling.
- Equipment purchases.
- Ability and flexibility to operate hyphenated or non-standard instrumentation for basic research.
- Working with teams.
- Commitment to satisfy ES&H requirements.
- Ability to obtain and maintain an "L" requirement is immediately necessary, a DOE "Q" level clearance will eventually be required.


- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in writing and maintaining ES&H documentation.

Security Clearance

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-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 L-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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