Materials Scientist for Additively-Manufactured Metals Development (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, USA

Job posting number: #7236404 (Ref:Sa693203)

Posted: May 21, 2024

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 an R&D Materials Scientist to join our team in Livermore, CA to help solve exciting challenges related to metallic materials manufactured using both conventional and advanced techniques. A key project focuses on how we might qualify parts produced via laser powder bed fusion more effectively and efficiently, including by generating process/structure/property/performance relationships and leveraging them to better understand and reduce part-to-part variation and to understand when and how parts might be transferred across different production machines. This is a great opportunity for an experimentalist who is interested in both leading and collaborating multidisciplinary projects with engineers, other experimentalists, and theorists and to leverage unique and differentiating equipment. The successful candidate will coordinate with and may travel to other Department of Energy sites to improve the technology and manufacturing readiness levels of additive manufacturing.

On any given day, you will:

  • Design and conduct custom laboratory experiments to understand the effects of process parameters and aging on conventional and additively-manufactured metals
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of fellow experimentalists, as well as engineers, theoreticians, machine learning experts, and others
  • Share research findings internally through specifications, reports, and engineering documents; and with the wider scientific community in conferences and peer-reviewed publications

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field; or Master's degree plus 4 or more years' related experience; or Bachelor's degree plus 8 or more years' related experience. Equivalent experience in lieu of degrees must be engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.
  • A record of first-author or co-authored scientific publications in the above areas within peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

We don’t expect candidates to have experience with all of these, but candidates are more aligned with this position if they have one or more of the following:

  • Experience with metal additive manufacturing technologies (especially laser power bed fusion)
  • Experience with microscopy, spectroscopy, and/or mechanical characterization to develop process-structure-property performance relationships
  • Knowledge of non-destructive evaluation techniques such as dye penetrant, X-ray, Computed Tomography, structured-light scanning, Eddy current, or ultrasound
  • Previous experience supporting the Nuclear Security Enterprise
  • Working knowledge of in situ process monitoring, instrument control, data acquisition/management, machine learning

About Our Team:

The Energy Nanomaterials Department is a research organization specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and national security applications. Projects and capabilities in the department's research portfolio include maturation of additively-manufactured metallic alloys; the formulation, synthesis, and characterization of materials for energy and hydrogen storage; and nanoscale materials characterization including extensive electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

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.


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: 693203

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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