The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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Postdoctoral Appointee - RF Microsystems

Albuquerque, NM
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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\.


We are seeking a creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a passion for applying innovations in nano\- and micro\-technology to the miniaturization and integration of future RF and microwave systems for emerging national security applications\. You will assume a key role within a high performing team to perform R&D with the goal of improving system performance through new technologies and understanding in solid\-state electronic devices, miniaturized piezoelectric devices, high\-speed interconnect and integration, and devices exploiting new nanoscale materials and physics\. Opportunities exist for contributing across a full spectrum of relevant technology areas spanning from fundamental materials science and devices, through circuit and components, and up to sub\-system architecture\.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

+ Performing experimental research involving novel materials and device technologies and the application and improvement of existing and emerging technologies to meet specific performance needs and targets\.

+ Designing, prototyping, and evaluating RF microsystems that integrate different technologies to achieve performance beyond that available with single technology solutions\.

+ Collaborating with team members and local experts to stretch the state\-of\-the\-art\.

+ Publishing original research in top\-tier journals and conference proceeding\.

+ Delivering results and reporting findings to co\-workers and customers\.

+ Developing and pursuing new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities\.


99. PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related field\.

99. Record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer\-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents\.

99. Strong background in fundamental electrical engineering principles\.

99. Experience in design and characterization of analog, RF, or microwave integrated circuits\.

99. Experience with solid\-state device physics and fabrication of nano\- or micro\-scale device technologies\.


99. Experience with the microelectronics realization process including device behavior, circuit design, mask layout, fabrication, testing, and documentation\.

99. 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\.

99. An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results\.

99. Experience with analog/RF/microwave circuit design techniques such as impedance matching, active circuit design, and device modeling using tools such as ADS, Genesys, or PSPICE\.

99. Experience with electromagnetic distributed transmission line and antenna design techniques using simulation software tools such as HFSS, Momentum, or Sonnet\.

99. Experience with stress and thermal management and the use of multi\-physics design and simulation software tools such as ANSYS or Comsol\.

99. Experience with laboratory test and measurement of analog and RF components using tools such as high\-speed oscilloscopes, network analyzers, parameter analyzers, and on\-wafer probe stations\.

99. Familiarity with heterogeneous integration and microscale packaging techniques as well as approaches for microsystem rapid prototyping and integration\.

99. Familiarity with additional device physics such as piezoelectricity, electrostatics, ferroelectricity, superconductivity, and other effects\.

99. Proficiency with software programming for data analysis and instrument control in languages such as C\#, LabVIEW, MATLAB, or Python\.

99. Familiarity with approaches and architectures for RF system analysis, including electronic signal processing, link budgets, and frequency planning\.

99. Familiarity with interfacing between the optical and electrical domains\.

99. Ability to work across disciplines, and to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment\.

99. Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs\.

99. Adaptability and flexibility to address rapidly advancing technologies and evolving customer needs\.

99. Strong self\-motivation to work effectively as an independent contributor\.

99. Strong communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment\.

Department Description:

We develop 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 Sandias 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 Sandias 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 nations 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


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