MOCVD Post Doctoral Research Scientist/Engineer | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Friday, May 4, 2018
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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

Job ID: 661568

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a creative, motivated R&D MOCVD Scientist/Engineer to develop and deliver advanced epitaxy solutions for emerging national security applications to a wide customer base. You will assume a key role within our high performing optoelectronics team, working closely with compound semiconductor device scientists and engineers on lasers, photonics integrated circuits, photodetectors, photovoltaics, and microelectronics.

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

  • Performing experimental research involving growth and characterization of novel materials and device technologies and the application and improvement of existing and emerging technologies to meet specific performance needs and targets.
  • Developing new programs and capabilities in areas that support Sandia mission activities to sustain and evolve Sandia’s leading-edge epitaxial capability.  
  • Collaborating with team members and local experts to develop new the state-of-the-art materials.
  • Delivering results and reporting findings to co-workers and customers.
  • Publishing original research in top-tier journals and conference proceeding.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related STEM field.
  • A Strong background in compound semiconductor MOCVD growth, operation and scientific principles.
  • Record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents.
  • The psychology, dependability, and attention to detail to work with extremely hazardous substances (EHS) including phosphine and arsine.  Ability to certify in SCBA for maintenance activities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with III-V MOCVD growth, especially arsenides and phosphides
  • An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results.
  • A background in thin films characterization including X-ray Diffraction and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy.
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting MOCVD reactors, toxic gas cabinets, toxic gas monitors, gas abatement units and test/characterization equipment
  • Ability to work across disciplines, and to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to address rapidly advancing technologies and evolving 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.


About Our Team

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 the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (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 photonic integrated circuits.
  • Heterogeneous microsystem integration and prototyping.
  • High-speed and harsh-environment optoelectronics, and device reliability.

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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.


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