Research & Development, Geochemistry (Experienced) - Carlsbad, NM

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Sandia National Laboratories
Analysis, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Research, Chemical Engineering, Development, HTTP, Laboratory, Management, Materials, Quality Assurance, Research, Scientific, Security, Technology Transfer
C2H Independent, Contract Independent, Contract Corp-To-Corp, Contract W2, C2H Corp-To-Corp, C2H W2
Work from home not available Travel not required

Job Description

What Your Job Will Be Like

An innovative and creative scientist in the area of chemistry or geo-science will work to support scientific investigations of the underground nuclear waste repository. You will use your experience with chemical analyses in brine systems to advance geochemical models of the repository chemical conditions. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team to identify analyses needing to be performed, design and conduct those analyses, leading to parameterization of the geochemical models for WIPP.

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

* Plan, conceive, conduct, or manage research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors;
* Direct systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts and discover new approaches to achieve goals;
* Create new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods;
* Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research;
* Perform analyses under a rigorous quality assurance regime;
* Undertake development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology;
* Undertake creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and use this knowledge to devise new applications.

Applicant must reside in or have the ability to reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Qualifications We Require

* Master-s degree in Chemistry, Geo-Science or closely related discipline (i.e. Chemical Engineering or Materials Science) with a minimum of five years related experience, or a PhD, with one year experience;
* Experience with chemical analyses in brine systems to advance geochemical models of the repository chemical conditions;
* Experience with analytical chemistry methods and experimental design;
* Knowledgeable in aqueous geochemistry and solute and solvent interactions.
* Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

* Working knowledge of the following instruments used in analytical chemistry: ICP-MS, ICP-AES, Ion Chromatograph, CO2 Coulometer, ASAP 2020, Scanning electron microscope and Electron Dispersion Spectrometer, Gloveboxes, General: balances, pipettes, titrators, pH meters, stirrers, sonicator, glassware;
* Rudimentary computational skills with spreadsheets;
* Working knowledge using equipment for high ionic strength solutions;
* Demonstrated expertise in organizing the management of multiple, competing sample collection, analysis, and data entry projects;
* Demonstrated excellence in the technical field, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated interpersonal skills including respectful teamwork and communication;
* Familiarity with geochemical models that utilize ion speciation-solubility parameters;
* Ability to organize and teach others basic chemistry tasks, operation of standard laboratory equipment, and standard laboratory processes.

About Our Team

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. WIPP is operated by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, under contract to the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). Sandia provides scientific advice to CBFO in many areas, including modifications to the repository's operating permits, periodic recertification of the repository, on-going monitoring of repository performance against regulatory requirements, and optimization of the national transuranic waste complex. The Repository Performance Department, part of Sandia's Defense Waste Management Programs Group, provides the experimental and fieldwork capability needed to assist CBFO in assuring continued and uninterrupted certification and permitting of WIPP.und.

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) L-level 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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 the 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, disability, or veteran status.

Company Information

At Sandia, creativity, multidisciplinary thought, and diverse ideas are encouraged. Our unique work requires the collective minds of the nation's top scientists, engineers, and support staff. Each year, Sandians are recognized for developing a range of breakthrough technologies with commercial applications of global importance. Sandia embraces diversity, inclusion, and respect as part of our organizational culture. We value individual differences, and we believe that our success depends on the collaborative efforts of a diverse workforce. We also strive to meet the highest standards in workforce fulfillment, safety, security, fiscal accountability, and environmental responsibility.