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Job ID: 658718
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Postdoctoral Appointee - Photonic/Optical Systems


We are seeking a creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a passion for exploring new photonics 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 optical sensors and communication systems. Opportunities exist for contributing 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 designing and additively-fabricating optical components and testing these components in optical systems.
+ Conceive, model, fabricate, and test new photonic device concepts such as photonic circuits and photon detectors.
+ Prototype and evaluate photonic microsystems that integrate micro-optics, optoelectronics, and electronics.
+ Publish original research in top-tier journals and conference proceedings.
+ Deliver results and reporting findings to co-workers and customers.
+ Develope and pursuing new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities.


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related field.
+ Record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents.
+ Experience in optical design and characterization of optical systems.


+ An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results.
+ Strong academic performance as evidenced by minimum cumulative GPA(s) of 3.2/4.0 for each relevant undergraduate degree and 3.5/4.0 for each relevant graduate degree.
+ Experience with cleanroom processing techniques, such as metal and dielectric materials deposition, wet and dry etching, and lithographic patterning methods.
+ Experience with optical laboratory-based testing using lasers, detectors, modulators, fibers, planar waveguides, and relevant test equipment.
+ Familiarity with heterogeneous integration and microscale packaging techniques.
+ Familiarity with opto-mechanical design, drawing, and machining.
+ Familiarity with photon detector array technology, especially in the infrared.
+ Proficiency with software programming and instrument control in languages such as C#, LabVIEW, and MATLAB.
+ Ability to work across disciplines, and to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment.
+ Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs.
+ Strong self-motivation to work effectively as an independent contributor.
+ Strong communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment.
+ Experience developing additive manufacturing processes.
+ Experience with compound semiconductor materials and devices.

The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor and RF devices, 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, and sensors. We focus on R&D of high performance technology platforms and customized microsystems.

We leverage state-of-the-art materials and fabrication capabilities within Sandia?s MESA cleanroom complex to serve a broad mix of internal and external customers. 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

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:

*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


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