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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Materials Science (Experienced) in Livermore, California


We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Materials Science professional to work in the area of energetic material science. You will be responsible for project development and oversight focused on developing the understanding of the chemical and physical processes involved in the onset and sustained non-linear, reactive processes that heterogeneous, condensed-phase reactive materials undergo in various time domains with a focus on energetic materials. Specific focus is on the combustion, detonation, and aging reactive processes of energetic materials in devices. The projects are aimed at scientific discovery, model verification, and applied knowledge of energetic components developed and maintained for DOE’s National Security (nuclear deterrence) mission and projects for the Department of Defense.

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

  • Perform work that spans from fundamental to applied science.
  • Apply experience and developed skill sets for successful customer and team interactions, which is critical for this position.
  • Team with other R&D experimental and modeling scientists in the effort to build model-based design capabilities for energetic materials and components and continue to advance Sandia’s reputation for excellence in advancing the knowledge base of energetic material science.
  • Utilize laboratory skills, manage and work with technologists, and have substantial experience modeling or working with modelers.
  • Publish and provide leadership to the energetic material science community both internal and external to Sandia.


  • PhD in a Physics, Physical Chemistry or related discipline.
  • Experience with deducing mechanisms and kinetics of reactive organic and/or inorganic systems.
  • Experience modeling or working with modelers to build an understanding of the chemical/physical reactive processes.
  • Experience conducting laboratory operations.


  • Experience with nonlinear spectroscopy or other methods for probing fast reactive processes.
  • Experience with energetic material science.
  • A current US DOE “Q” security clearance.
  • Experience with project development and directly working with customers.
  • Demonstrated good interpersonal skills, including good verbal and written communication abilities.

Department Description:

The main responsibility of Department 2554, Explosive Projects & Diagnostics, is to probe the science and response relevant to the behavior and performance of energetic materials (EMs: pyrotechnics, propellants and high explosives) and devices containing EM. The customer base includes Nuclear Weapons as well as Work for Others. Activities focus on projects requested by customers and include characterization of explosive responses in varied conditions and environments, understanding explosive behavior at the microscale (microenergetics), development of advanced diagnostics to measure and characterize EM phenomena and behavior, and collaborating with modelers to build capabilities to predict EM response and performance.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-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 Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent 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.