Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?
We are seeking a creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a real passion for exploring new photonics and photon sensor technologies that have high potential to impact national security applications. You will assume a key role within a high performing and cohesive team of applied physicists, electrical and optical engineers, and material scientists to perform R&D that will enable next-generation optical sensors and communication systems. You will have opportunities to contribute across a full spectrum of relevant technology areas, working from device concept and simulation through fabrication and test.
On any given day, you may be asked to:
Perform experimental research involving novel semiconductor-based emitters and detectors, nanophotonic/plasmonic modulators, optical sensors, and infrared imaging arrays
Conceive, model, fabricate, and test new photonic device concepts such as photonic circuits and photon detectors
Prototype and evaluate photonic microsystems that integrate micro-optics, optoelectronics, and electronics
Publish original research in top-tier journals and conference proceeding
Deliver results and reporting findings to co-workers and customers
Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities
You have a PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related discipline
You possess a record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents
Your background includes experience in experimental characterization of compound semiconductor optoelectronics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, sensor arrays and/or relevant materials
Your skillset includes experience with solid-state physics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, classical optics, optoelectronic device engineering, compound semiconductor materials and/or related fields
You have proven experience with design, simulation, fabrication, and testing of photonic devices, materials, and/or optical systems
You can obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance
Experience with compound semiconductor optoelectronics
Strong academic performance as evidenced by GPA
An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results
Experience with cleanroom processing techniques, such as metal and dielectric materials deposition, wet and dry etching, and lithographic patterning methods
Experience with optical laboratory-based testing using lasers, detectors, modulators, fibers, planar waveguides, and relevant test equipment
Familiarity with heterogeneous integration and microscale packaging techniques
Familiarity with opto-mechanical design, drawing, and machining
Familiarity with photonic integrated circuits
Familiarity with photon detector array technology, especially in the infrared
Familiarity designing and characterizing RF microelectronic circuits and devices
Proficiency with software programming and instrument control in languages such as C\#, LabVIEW, and MATLAB
Ability to work across disciplines, and to tackle problems in a highly collaborative environment
Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs
Strong self-motivation to work effectively as an independent contributor
Strong communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment
Current and active DOE L clearance
The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor and RF devices, photonics, and microsystems for national security applications including high-performance computing, communications, renewable energy, sensing and imaging. As part of Sandia's Microsystems Science, Technology and Components Center, we research, design, fabricate, prototype, test and deliver novel lasers, photonic integrated circuits, RF and photonic microsystems, and sensors. We focus on R&D of high performance technology platforms and customized microsystems.
We use state-of-the-art materials and fabrication capabilities within Sandia's MESA cleanroom complex to serve a broad mix of internal and external clients. Core capabilities include:
Optical, optoelectronic and electronic modeling and simulation
Epitaxial design, materials growth (MOCVD/MBE) and materials characterization
Design, microfabrication and testing of III-V photonic devices, RF devices, and infrared detectors
Heterogeneous microsystem integration and prototyping
High-speed and harsh-environment optoelectronics, including device reliability assessments
Visit our website for more information: www.sandia.gov/mstc/nspc/index.html
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
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.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-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 L-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.
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 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.
Internal Number: 665683
About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for a Manager for the Semiconductor Device Sciences Department for the Albuquerque facility. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.
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