Job ID: 108953

Postdoctoral Appointee - Experimental and Theoretical Aspects of Mechanics of Materials

Sandia National Laboratories

  • Jul. 11, 2018
  • Jul. 31, 2018
  • TBD
  • Post-Doc
  • Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences

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.

If you are looking for a creative, exciting research experience, we are looking for an extraordinary applicant, like you. Are you up to this challenge and a new career opportunity? If you have some expertise in the experimental and theoretical aspects of mechanics of materials and are looking to be a part of a dynamic team, this might be exactly the right career move for you. What are you waiting for? We would love to have you join our team and be a contributing member.

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

Work with corrosion experts and other members of the team; Conduct experimental research in the characterization of stress corrosion cracking behavior of austenitic stainless steels contaminated with corrosive salts in atmospheric conditions; Assess the effect of environmental controls (atmospheric and metal surface conditions) on crack initiation and growth; Research will be performed within a large, multi-disciplinary project involving several university and national lab partners; Due the work for publication of creative research in leading technical journals and presentations at national and international technical meetings.


PhD in Materials Science or a closely related discipline; Expertise in physical and mechanical behavior of materials, with experience experimentally evaluating fracture of metallic materials; Ability to characterize mechanical behavior relating to factors controlling crack initiation and propagation; Strong record of independent research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.


Demonstrated academic excellence (graduate GPA >= 3.5/4.0); Familiarity with corrosion and stress corrosion cracking; Ability to collaborate and get along with all members of an interdisciplinary research team; Technical skills related to programming, data processing, and instrumentation; Ability to work well with team members of diverse technical backgrounds; Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

  • 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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