What Your Job Will Be Like
We are seeking a Laboratory Support Technologist to join a diverse team supporting research activities led by scientists and engineers in a unique laboratory setting. The team activities involve the design, construction, testing and operation of systems and technologies used to evaluate the properties of materials in high-pressure gaseous hydrogen. Systems include aspects such as gas-handling, low- and high-pressure environments, mechanical and electrical apparatuses, sensors and controls, and data acquisition.
On any given day, you may be called on to work independently or with other members of the work force to:
* Design, fabricate, and modify low- and high-pressure gas-handling systems;
* Design, assemble and test mechanical and electrical devices that support scientific experiments;
* Develop instrumentation, electronics and software controls;
* Design and construct fixtures and test specimens;
* Conduct mechanical testing of materials exposed to high-pressure hydrogen, including developing procedures, analyzing results and preparing documentation on test results and conclusions;
* Maintain hydraulically-driven mechanical testing equipment;
* Develop safety documentation and maintain a safe working environment;
* Interface with people outside the department, such as environmental safety & health experts, facilities engineers, machine shop staff and external vendors.
Work will consist of providing laboratory support for focused, full-time projects of limited duration or multiple concurrent projects that compose the candidate's full schedule. It is expected that the candidate can accommodate either type of workload. The candidate is expected to have good communication skills and to work both independently as well as within a team environment.
Qualifications We Require
* Associate's degree in an Engineering or Science discipline (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science) OR a high school diploma and equivalent work experience;
* Experience with development, construction and/or maintenance of laboratory equipment;
* Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
Qualifications We Desire
* Experience with pressure, vacuum, cryogenic and hydraulic systems;
* Experience with data acquisition systems, computer control systems or transducer electronics;
* Basic machining skills (e.g. experience with lathes, milling machines, EDMs);
* Understanding of instrumentation used in mechanical testing (e.g., thermocouples, strain gauges);
* Experience with power tools;
* Strong computer skills, including experience with data analysis and computer-aided design and drafting (e.g. experience with SolidWorks, Python, MATLAB);
* Strong written and communication skills;
* Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering, materials science) OR equivalent work experience.
About Our Team
The Hydrogen and Materials Science Department provides expertise to both Sandia and the Nation on the interaction of hydrogen (and its isotopes) with all types of materials. The Department performs scientific and engineering research to develop fundamental understanding on the aging of materials in gaseous environments, including hydrogen, and applies this understanding to determine its effects on the performance and reliability of materials relevant to Sandia's nuclear weapons and energy missions. Department staff conducts research and development primarily for two important customers: 1) Gas Transfer Systems (GTS) for the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Enterprise; and 2) the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Department's work covers a broad range of areas, including analyzing hydrogen's long-term impact on materials used in fuel cell and gas transfer systems, developing solar thermochemical technology for hydrogen production, assessing the suitability of materials for hydrogen storage, advising hydrogen safety codes and standards, maintaining and enhancing nationally recognized core and enabling capabilities in hydrogen science, and initiating hydrogen storage and fuel cell market transformation strategies to bring technological advancements towards broad-based commercial availability.
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-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 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.
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