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Sandia National Laboratories Research & Development, Chemical/Process Engineer in Livermore, California


The Biomass Science and Technology Department is seeking a creative and driven, Chemical Engineer to work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and experts who are passionate about achieving success while solving some of societies most unique challenges. You will utilize your skills as an innovative and creative process engineer to continue to strengthen our biomass program by working on a variety of projects related to producing renewable biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass and algae, including projects in our DOE funded Agile Biofoundry and Joint BioEnergy institute. You will also have the opportunity to expand our program into new areas aligned with your expertise and interests.

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

  • Develop research plans and generate results;
  • Publish high impact papers and writing proposals to expand our program.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or relevant discipline;
  • 5 or more years’ relevant experience in process research and development
  • Experience with the following:

  • Experimentation for developing separation processes and other unit operations for innovative technologies;

  • At least one commercial process simulation tool (e.g., ASPENPlus);
  • Application of transport phenomena, kinetics, and thermodynamics to analysis & development of unit operations;
  • Conventional (and or/renewable) fuels and chemicals industry.


  • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline;
  • Experience with the following:

  • Conceptual process synthesis and design;

  • Planning and conducting work to support new process technology development;
  • Separations involving novel systems, especially those containing ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents;
  • Developing new research concepts and successfully presenting them to sponsors;
  • Writing proposals for government funding agencies, in particular the DOE;
  • Ability to direct, lead, and mentor early career staff.

Department Description:

The Biomass Science and Conversion Technology department is dedicated to developing and advancing innovative technologies for producing the next generation of biofuels. Our multidisciplinary staff represents a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets: molecular biology, chemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, biophysics, computational science, and biochemistry. We partner broadly with other Sandia departments as well as other national laboratories, industry, and universities to develop practical, science-based solutions to national energy goals. We also play an essential role in the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), one of three Bioenergy Research Centers in the Nation advancing the next generation of biofuel technologies.

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*

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) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

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

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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.