Integrated Photonics & Semiconductor Optoelectronics Postdoc Appointee | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
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What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a real passion for exploring new photonics and photon sensor 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. You will have opportunities to contribute 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 asked to:

  • Perform experimental research involving novel semiconductor-based emitters and detectors, nanophotonic/plasmonic modulators, optical sensors, and infrared imaging arrays
  • 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 proceeding
  • Deliver results and reporting findings to co-workers and customers
  • Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities

Qualifications We Require

  • You have a PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related discipline
  • You possess a record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents
  • Your background includes experience in experimental characterization of compound semiconductor optoelectronics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, sensor arrays and/or relevant materials
  • Your skillset includes experience with solid-state physics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, classical optics, optoelectronic device engineering, compound semiconductor materials and/or related fields
  • You have proven experience with design, simulation, fabrication, and testing of photonic devices, materials, and/or optical systems
  • You can obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with compound semiconductor optoelectronics
  • Strong academic performance as evidenced by GPA
  • An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results
  • 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 photonic integrated circuits
  • Familiarity with photon detector array technology, especially in the infrared
  • Familiarity designing and characterizing RF microelectronic circuits and devices
  • Proficiency with software programming and instrument control in languages such as C#, LabVIEW, and MATLAB
  • Ability to work across disciplines, and to tackle 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
  • Current and active DOE L clearance

Position Information

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.

About Our Team

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

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

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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 schedules, 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: *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.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.