Post-Doc Position - Sandia Natl Labs

Event Date: November 12, 2013
Employer: Sandia National Labs,
City: Albuquerque
State: NM
Degree Requirement: PhD

Post-Doc Position (643880) in the Materials Reliability Dept., Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM

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Department Description

The reliability of devices, components, and ultimately systems is directly affected by the properties and interactions of their constituent materials. The prime goal of the Materials Reliability Department is to ensure that effective materials-related information is provided to customers who design and field high-consequence hardware, such that long-term reliability will be attained. Our department's R&D activities focus on the needs of Sandia's Nuclear Weapons program customers. We also provide support to customers in other areas including Energy and Environment and National Security Programs. We have expertise in gas/solid interactions, corrosion and electrochemistry, and the aging and mechanical properties of ceramics, glasses and other brittle materials. We provide this expertise and support to our customers during all phases of design, production, storage, use, and retirement.

Job Description

Postdoctoral Appointee

Job Summary

R&D in the area of the mechanical behavior of brittle materials, including structural and electronic ceramics, glasses, and composites. The position includes the evaluation, development, and implementation of techniques to measure relevant materials properties, incorporating these properties into analytical and numerical models, and the assessment and interpretation of the results. The position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to broaden his/her exposure to ceramics and other brittle materials, and to utilize state-of-the art materials characterization tools, while working on R&D and problems relevant to national security.


- A recent Ph.D. in materials, engineering, or a related discipline.

- Demonstrated experimental and modeling experience in the area of mechanical properties of ceramics or other brittle materials.

- Demonstrated complex problem solving skills.

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team to interface with a variety of internal and external collaborators on various projects.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Publications in peer-reviewed journals


Experience with the following:

- Glass to metal sealing

- Ceramic processing

- Residual stress determination

- Fractography and failure analyses techniques

- Finite element analysis

- Undergrad GPA 3.2 and above, grad GPA of 3.5 and above.

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.


At Sandia you will receive many benefits as a valued employee of a premier national multi-program engineering and science research laboratory. In our Total Rewards package you will enjoy competitive pay, great benefits, a stimulating, positive environment and learning opportunities that will help build your career. More information may be found on our Careers website.


Sandia National Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

How To Apply

Apply to requisition 643880 at Sandia’s Careers website:

Follow the instructions to upload a resume, and complete the submission process to indicate your interest in this position.