Postdoctoral Appointee - Inertial Sensors

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7182407 (Ref:Sa691629)

Posted: September 26, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) + 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. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to join the Inertial Sensors Department. You will support Sandia’s advanced MEMS sensor technology development by working on both fundamental research topics in material science and applying these learnings to real sensor applications having consequence in national security applications. This position involves research into the fundamental physical properties of Silicon Nitride and other materials used in microelectronics processing such as, electrochemically deposited metals, 3D printed materials, as well as, material science research needed to improve heterogeneous integration strategies. Current activities include uncovering fundamental physical properties of microelectronics materials while pioneering new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based technologies for navigation grade accelerometers with long lifetime and harsh environment applications. Future opportunities exist in other Sandia mission areas such as non-proliferation, Energy, and Homeland Security. Our dedicated team has a large mix of work including Research and Development (R&D) design and product engineering with exciting opportunities to support high impact mission programs. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Team closely with internal and external expertise for fundamental research related to inertial sensor materials, fabrication, integration, device characterization and testing. + Partner with experimental, characterization, and modeling experts to advance fundamental research of materials for microelectronics processing. + Coordination and execution of experiments that are used to validate models. + Active participation in analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on characterization, experimental, and modeling data. + Use Sandia’s internal facilities including the MESA Fabs, MEMS environmental test labs, post-fab packaging resources, as well as failure analysis characterization. + Actively publish and present research to the broader scientific community. + Present technical content and results internally within the team as well as, externally to partners, customers, and management Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time. Qualifications We Require: + Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Materials Science or related STEM field conferred within five (5) years prior to employment + Experience with: + semiconductor and/or material characterization techniques (SEM, TEM, etc.) + semiconductor fabrication techniques and processes + data analysis + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Academic or professional experience in inertial sensors or MEMS + Understanding of electrochemistry + Ability to conceive and propose ideas for process improvement through troubleshooting to overcome challenges and improve yield + Strong interpersonal skills and eagerness to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team environment About Our Team: The Inertial Sensors Department, 5216, performs state-of-the-art design, fabrication, and testing of MEMS based sensor technologies for national security applications. The team partners closely with Sandia’s Microelectronics Engineering Science Applications (MESA) center with internal facilities and competency in microelectronics design, fabrication, and testing. Our team is a fun, engaging group with a strong sense of comradery! We pride ourselves in our ability to respond to “tech pull” with demonstrated experience in R&D as well as product engineering successfully fielding technology for real world national security applications. Come join our team to for exciting opportunities to realize new technology in support of the national interest Posting Duration: This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. 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 need to 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: 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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 691629

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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