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Research Scientist: Nano-electronics & Nano-photonics Theory and Modeling (Experienced)

Livermore, CA 94550
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We are seeking an experienced computational/theoretical researcher (R&D Materials Scientist) to lead fundamental research into tailoring electronic, photonic, and transport properties of advanced materials, quantum materials, and functional components (devices) made from them. Target applications span information processing, sensing, and energy conversion and storage. Most often your work would contribute to efforts of a multidisciplinary team of computational and experimental researchers, internally and externally to Sandia. You will be encouraged to present your technical results at conferences and publish your research in high profile, peer-reviewed journals.

On any given day, you may:

+ Develop insight and understanding of materials and devices through modeling their behaviors at a range of scales, from macroscopic phenomenological models to microscopic, first principles quantum mechanical numerical simulations
+ Use theory, modeling, and simulation to advance the state-of-knowledge in the fields of the electronic, opto-electronic, and light-matter interaction properties of nano-fabricated materials and address complex problems in their application
+ Design novel nano-/micro-scale structured materials that will be fabricated and experimentally characterized; engage in needed experimental characterization
+ Engage program managers and sponsors to understand their needs, present research ideas, or report on work in progress
+ Provide leadership in developing research proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements both internal and external to Sandia National Laboratories and in executing your new projects.


+ PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, or a closely related field with at least five years' relevant experience
+ Extensive experience in condensed matter physics, optics, materials science, and quantum materials or nano-/micro-scale devices
+ Experience with advanced scientific programming and computational modeling applied to electronic and opto-electronic devices, as well as to their constituent materials
+ A record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
+ Ability to hold a DOE Q security clearance.


+ Ability to formulate creative approaches to solving challenging materials-related technical problems across a range of scales
+ Successful experience developing and executing proposal-driven research projects and attracting extramural research funding
+ Experience working effectively in multidisciplinary teams and actively collaborating with experimentalists
+ Experience in relevant laboratory methods and experiment
+ Experience in applying advanced machine-learning (ML) tools and methods to fundamental materials science R&D, and development or discovery of new materials.

Department Description:

The Quantum & Electronic Materials Department (08345) advances the state-of-knowledge in quantum and electronic properties of materials, and collaborates closely with other domain knowledge experts to use these advances to enable and accelerate development of emerging non-conventional computing, communication, quantum information devices, and sensors. Research efforts include: advanced materials and device concepts for ultra-low-energy computing and sensing, nano-electronics, quantum topological materials, quantum-confined low-dimensional systems, advanced materials and device concepts for neuromorphic computing, materials synthesis and device fabrication, and computational and theoretical condensed matter physics.

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:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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.

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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-08-31 Expires: 2020-11-22

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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