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Postdoctoral Appointee - Geochemistry/Atmospheric Chemistry
Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2018
Title Postdoctoral Appointee - Geochemistry/Atmospheric Chemistry
University Sandia National Laboratories More About This Institution...
Department Storage and Transportation Technologies Department More About This Department...
Application Deadline Aug. 1, 2018
Position Start Date TBD
  • Albuquerque, NM
    United States
  • Post-Doc
  • Geology - Geochemistry
    Geology/Geosciences - General
    Chemistry - General
    Atmospheric Sciences
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Sciences - General

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia’s discretion up to five additional years. You qualify for application if you received your PhD within a five-year timeframe prior to employment. As a Sandian, in your postdoctoral position, you may bid on regular Sandia positions as an internal applicant. In some cases, a possibility could exist for you to be converted to regular career positions during your term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in Geochemistry/Atmospheric chemistry. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? We are a diverse, interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals. Consider joining our team.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

Perform chemical/thermodynamic modeling of atmospheric aerosols and deliquescent brines, and aerosol exchange reactions with atmospheric gasses; Work as a team member performing experimental and computational studies evaluating the composition and evolution of deliquescent brines on heated metal surfaces; Work on a multi-disciplinary team involving several university and national lab partners evaluating the potential atmospheric corrosion of stainless steel structures; Work to produce publications that show the creative research performed which you can publish in leading technical journals and presentations at national and international technical meetings.


PhD in Atmospheric Science, Geochemistry, or a closely related discipline; Expertise in chemical modeling of atmospheric aerosols and exchange reactions with atmospheric gases, or in geochemical modeling of concentrated salt solutions; Laboratory experience with experimental design and materials characterization/analysis; Strong record of independent research, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations; Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.


Prior experience working with atmospheric datasets such as CASTNET and AQS; Familiarity with atmospheric corrosion processes;Record of interdisciplinary research collaborations; Ability to interact with team members of diverse technical backgrounds; Proven academic excellence (graduate GPA >= 3.5/4.0).

Department Description:

The Storage and Transportation Technologies Department conducts the R&D to support the development of the technical basis for the extended storage and transportation of commercial used nuclear fuel, and safeguards and security modeling and analysis of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. The department produces peer-reviewed research reports pertaining to many areas of Used Nuclear Fuel Storage, Transportation, and Security including: Modeling and analysis of basic uranium chemistry; chemical instigators and mitigate of stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel; analysis of stress and strain on used nuclear fuel rods, cladding, and assemblies; Mod & Sim for Analysis for Safeguards and Security of Used Fuel. In addition, we produce peer-reviewed research reports in the areas of: Modeling and analysis of new concepts of geothermal well production; carbon sequestration efficiency improvements, and the understanding of radiation damage on microstructures.

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 schedules, 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.

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 drug testing, and 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.

  • EEO Statement:

    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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Contact Information

  • Michael Laflin
    Talent Acquistion Center
    Sandia National Laboratories
    PO Box 5800
    Albuquerque, NM 87185


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