Postdoctoral Appointee-Organic Chemist for Biomass Valorization

Sandia National Laboratories

Livermore, CA

Job posting number: #7066837 (Ref:672160)

Posted: June 12, 2020

Job Description

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. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral 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. : We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee to develop solutions to important national security problems. Of particular interest is research in the arena of transportation fuels. We need you to help with our goal to renewably produce high performance fuels guided by an underlying understanding of the key phenomena, to craft groundbreaking solutions. We are developing means for upgrading a variety of crude biological intermediates and fermentation products to fuels for aviation, medium to heavy-duty compression ignition engines, and next-generation mixed mode engines. Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? We are a diverse, interdisciplinary team of expert scientists and professionals that includes chemists, chemical and metabolic engineers, and fuels specialists at both the staff and postdoctoral level, conducting fundamental and applied research using both experimental and computational tools. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Be responsible for development of scalable means for valorization of advanced biofuel intermediates from fermentation liquors; + Provide chemistry based solutions and insight for chemical upgrading of intermediates to fuels; + Maintain organic chemistry lab capabilities; report on results, including scientific publication and presentation.

Required:
+ PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field with a strong chemistry emphasis during the thesis work; + Significant experience with small-molecule organic synthesis; + A record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences.

Desired:
+ Expertise in any of the following areas:
- Eelectrochemistry
- Green chemistry and catalysis
- Homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis
- Fuels characterization
- Separations chemistry + Proven ability to identify and implement material solutions at the intersections of fields such as chemistry and chemical engineering, materials science, and biotechnology; + Significant experience in R&D related to green chemistry or biofuels; + Willingness to learn and contribute in new topic areas.

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: http://www.sandia.gov *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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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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