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Postdoctoral Appointee - Nanophotonic & Microphotonic Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657061
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Nanophotonic & Microphotonic Technologies


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Applied Photonic Microsystems Department with an emphasis in nanophotonic and microphotonic technologies.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

+ Support research involving silicon photonics, nanophotonics, nano-opto-mechanics, quantum optics, and/or nonlinear optics
+ Support research in areas including optical interconnect, optical emitters and detectors, optical-forces in nano-optomechanical waveguide and cavity system, integrated quantum optical systems, metamaterials, plasmonic and phononic devices, and other optical technologies
+ Design, simulate, fabricate, and/or characterize novel optical devices, materials, and systems
+ Study new physics phenomenon and evaluate new concepts
+ Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences
+ Generate new intellectual property through patent filing


+ PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other related technical area conferred within five years prior to employment
+ Experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems
+ Experience in developing or using software for device performance simulations using, for example, Comsol, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.
+ Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations


+ Minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 in undergraduate programs and 3.5/4.0 in graduate programs
+ Expertise in nonlinear optics, integrated photonics, optomechanics, quantum or ultrafast optics, semiconductor physics, materials, and/or related topics
+ Experience with nonlinear optical measurement techniques and basic theories for treatment of nonlinear phenomena
+ Experience in IR and terahertz optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors and spectroscopies
+ Experience in design and simulation of novel optical structures and materials (for example: optical waveguides, modulators, plasmonics, fibers or photonic/phononic bandgap materials) with commercial and custom codes
+ Familiarity with laboratory optical bench optics, electronics, optoelectronics, and safe use of lasers, able to design and carry out laser-based optical experiments
+ Experience in high speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, such as bit error rate test equipment, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high speed oscilloscopes
+ Self-motivated, with strong communication skills to work independently and in a team environment
+ Experience with micro and nano fabrication processes, tools, and metrology
+ Familiarity with the following:

- Nonlinear processes such as four-wave mixing, two-photon absorption and stimulated Brillouin scattering
- Physics of waveguides, photonic crystals or phononic crystals, plasmonic devices, and metamaterials
- Solid state physics and phenomena and physical optics
- Quantum information science and technologies

The Applied Photonic Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic technologies for a variety of national security purposes. Our team of interdisciplinary researchers innovates, develops, and applies novel technologies including silicon photonics, nanophotonics, optomechanics, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical detectors, guided wave optics, and biophotonics.

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:

No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

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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