Postdoctoral Appointee Optoelectronics, HI & Quantum Device Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7220281 (Ref:692904)

Posted: February 22, 2024

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 creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a passion for exploring new photonics, optical sensor, and quantum 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 lasers, sensors, quantum systems and communication links. 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 called on to: + Perform experimental research involving novel semiconductor-based emitters, detectors, photonic circuits, nanophotonic devices, sensors, quantum systems, MEMs, and infrared imaging arrays. + Prototype and evaluate photonic microsystems that integrate micro-optics, optoelectronics, and electronics. + Publish original research in top-tier journals, conference proceedings, and patents. + Enhance laboratory fabrication, test and prototyping efforts by building new capabilities and supporting existing programs. + Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support the Sandia mission activities. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Electrical Engineering, Optical Science, Applied Physics, Physics, Materials Science or a closely related field conferred within five (5) years prior to employment + Record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents + Experience in experimental characterization in optoelectronics, nanophotonics, MEMS, atomic/molecular/optical physics, plasmonics, sensor arrays and/or relevant materials + Experience with one or more of the following: + solid-state physics + electromagnetics + quantum or Atomic, Molecular, Optical (AMO) physics + classical optics + optoelectronic device engineering + compound semiconductor materials and/or related fields + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience with: + optical laboratory-based testing using lasers, detectors, modulators, fibers, planar waveguides, and relevant characterization equipment. + cleanroom mask/reticle design and related processing techniques such as metal and dielectric materials deposition, wet and dry etching, and lithographic patterning methods. + Experience with any of the following: + heterogeneous integration and microscale packaging techniques + opto-mechanical design, drawing, and machining + photonic integrated circuits + photon detector focal plane array technology, especially in the infrared + designing and characterizing RF microelectronic circuits and devices + optical MEMS + simulation using packages such as COMSOL, ANSYS, Lumerical, or custom software. + Proficiency with software programming and instrument control in languages such as MATLAB, C#, Python or LabView + Ability to work independently and on multi-disciplinary teams in a collaborative environment + Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs + Strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills About Our Team: The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor, 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, optical MEMS 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: 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: 692904

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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