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Postdoctoral Appointee - Advanced R&D Microsystems

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657616
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Advanced R&D Microsystems


The MESA Fabrication Operations Department is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct advanced research for emerging technologies that can be used to create microsystem-based products tailored to the unique needs of national security applications. The successfully candidate will have an opportunity bring interesting technologies and ideas for development at both a die and wafer scale while also learning potentially new technologies such as superconductivity, piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity, and MEMS. Opportunities to publish in scientific journals and attend scientific conferences are highly encouraged.

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

+ Fabricate prototype devices and device characterization of advanced microsystems.
+ Perform semiconductor testing and documentation.
+ Fabricate using tools such as plasma etch, photolithography, wet etching and deposition, and wafer bonding while advancing semiconductor based technologies.
+ Document work with scientific publications and conference presentations.


+ Ph.D. in applied physics, electrical engineering, physics, chemical engineering, or a related science or engineering discipline received within the last five years.
+ Cumuatlve undergraduate GPA of 3.2/4.0; cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5/4.0.
+ Experience in one of the following categories:

- Experience with semiconductor processing, integration knowledge, and device research particularly with Si, III-V, or other compound semiconductors, as evidenced by publications, patents, and conference presentations.
- Plasma etch and thin film characterization (optical and/or electrical).
+ Must be able to work in a cleanroom environment.


+ Knowledge of scientific principles and processes.
+ Knowledge of semiconductor fabrication equipment (e.g. plasma based etch, lithography, deposition) required for fabricating a semiconductor device from conception to test.
+ Knowledge of typical semiconductor device electrical characterization equipment.
+ Knowledge of scientific computing tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, or Comsol.
+ Knowledge of typical semiconductor material characterization techniques (e.g. AFM, SEM, FTIR, ellipsometry).
+ Technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team.
+ The desire and ability to write papers for publication in refereed journals.
+ Adaptability to changing tasks and projects as needed.
+ Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions.

5240 develops and maintains core semiconductor processing capabilities that enable our customers to build differentiating Microsystems products. Two unique facilities are co-located within the 64,900 square foot MESAfab complex including: (1) a 11,900 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 6-inch silicon wafer processing and (2) a 14,900 square foot Class 10/Class 100 MicroFab for compound semiconductor processing and silicon wafer post-processing.

The Silicon Fab has processing expertise in CMOS and MEMS technologies. Over 150 equipment sets are maintained, supported and operated 24 hours per day, 5 days a week (3 shifts). Processing and maintenance expertise are staffed on all 3 shifts. We offer unique prototyping capabilities and are capable of producing full flow production lots as well as performing flexible process development. The MicroFab has expertise in compound semiconductor processing. All of the MicroFab equipment (180 tools) are maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities. As one of 3 operations departments in 5240, 5246 has primary responsibility for Wet Etch, Dry Etch, Release Dry Coat, Plating, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Planning and Projects.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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.

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