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Postdoctoral Appointee - Additive Manufacturing for Microelectronic Systems

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This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


Organization 05219, MEMS Technologies, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct experimental research and technology development in aerosol based direct write additive manufacturing. The team’s research vision is to develop and apply AM technologies for microelectronic components deployed in national security applications. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in an exciting research environment with outstanding respect for quality of life!

The ideal candidate will have expertise in aerosol based direct ink writing of conductive metals and dielectric materials. Experience in AM using inks is also relevant.

On a given day, one may be called upon to:

+ Apply existing knowledge while gaining new knowledge toward sophisticated manufacturing of microelectronic systems
+ Conduct and publish research
+ Work in a team environment and contribute knowledge to the team
+ Interact with other scientists and engineers to solve technical problems


+ A recent PhD, conferred within the past 5 years, in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related science or engineering field
+ Experience in additive manufacturing using aerosol based direct write or ink jet
+ Hands on experience in modifying and maintaining additive manufacturing tools
+ Experience making electrical measurements
+ The ability to handle export controlled material


Ideally, one's background would include some of the following:

+ Aerosol or spray printing of electronic conductors and dielectrics
+ Expertise in software and programming of AM tools (e.g. tool path programming)
+ Experience characterizing DC, AC, and RF electronic devices
+ Experience with materials characterization, including electrical resistivity and conductivity, profilometry, thermogravimetric analysis, FTIR, XPS, SEM, and/or rheological testing
+ Experience designing and building custom AM tools
+ A dedication to producing high-quality results using good laboratory techniques and focused attention to detail and laboratory safety

We would also like to see the following qualities in order for one to work in a high-producing team environment:

+ A technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team
+ Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed
+ Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions
+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills
+ An eagerness to work and share in a multi-disciplinary team environment
+ The addition of diversity to the department through background, experience, interests, etc.

Department Description:

You will be part of the MEMS Technology Department (http://mems.sandia.gov/). We conduct research and development for advanced micro-electromechanical systems that push the technology envelope for national security applications. Our broad R&D portfolio includes traditional MEMS sensors and actuators (e.g., inertial sensors and switches), piezoelectric devices (e.g., ultrasonic transducers), RF/acoustic devices (e.g., RF filters), opto/acoustic devices (e.g., optical modulators), magnetic and photovoltaic devices, and emerging technologies. We also develop and maintain a comprehensive set of MEMS fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build MEMS with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes. MEMS is an interdisciplinary field, so the team includes a phenomenal diversity of technical backgrounds, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, and even civil engineering. We highly value technical competence and entrepreneurial spirit. We welcome diversity of all kinds and strive for an inclusive environment.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
+ Generous vacations, strong medical 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:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-05-03

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