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Postdoctoral Appointee - AMO Physics

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657679
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - AMO Physics


What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an exceptional AMO physicist for a post-doctoral appointment to perform research and development activities related to micro fabricated/chip-based devices and their application to quantum sensing and quantum information.

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

+ Work with a team of physicists and microfabrication engineers to research and develop new sensors and micro-devices based on AMO physics.
+ Participate in and support device design, theory and simulation, and fabrication.
+ Conduct laboratory experimentation and testing of devices that utilize the physics of atomic, molecular, and/or optical phenomena.

The individual needs to possess a strong background in both experimental and theoretical atomic physics.


+ Ph.D. in experimental AMO physics or electrical engineering, or closely related field received within the last 5 years.
+ Experience with lasers and/or vacuum chamber construction.
+ Experience with developing experimental control systems, including designing custom electronics and software.
+ Experimental experience with ion trapping, neutral atom trapping, atomic vapor cell devices, cryogenic systems, and/or quantum information science, including work in at least two of these technology areas within the last two (2) years.
+ Established authorship and innovation record, such as peer-reviewed scholarly articles, issued patents, or technical books. A minimum of two (2) first-author or co-authored peer-reviewed articles.


+ A track record of successful execution of research-and-development projects, including project planning, defining milestones, and delivering results on time.
+ Experience in commercial product development.
+ Undergraduate GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher and a graduate GPA of 3.7/4.0 or higher.
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
+ Experience with developing experimental control systems, including, for example, designing custom electronics and software (e.g., MATLAB, LabView, Python, or TensorFlow).
+ Experience with data analysis using tools such as MATLAB, R, or Python.
+ Demonstrated collaboration skills for working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
+ Meticulous attention to detail.

The Photonic Microsystems Technologies Department exploits science and technology at the nano and micro scales to enable advances in systems for national security. Our engagement is with a broad spectrum of technologies and a diverse field of customers with a successful record of maturing technology from concept to laboratory demo to prototype. The department consists of teams that lead the development and understanding of quantum effects associated with silicon electronic devices, atomic and molecular gases, and trapped electrons, atoms and ions. Most significantly, with a strong presence in the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (MESA) facility and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and working broadly with other Sandia and external organizations, we fabricate electronic structures and devices that use these effects to achieve new levels of performance at the integrated system level. Core technology areas in the department include nanofabrication of silicon devices; electromagnetic modeling; and ion trap and solid-state quantum information science and technology.

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 Q-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 Q-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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