Photonics Devices Postdoctoral Appointee | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a creative, motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with a passion for exploring new photonic systems and optoelectronic devices 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 photonic systems based on III-V semiconductor optoelectronics. You will have opportunities to contribute across a full spectrum of relevant technology areas, working from device concept and simulation through fabrication and test.

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

  • Perform experimental research involving novel semiconductor-based lasers, amplifiers, detectors, modulators, waveguides, and photovoltaics
  • Conceive, model, fabricate, and test new photonic device concepts such as photonic integrated circuits and corresponding optoeletronic devices
  • Prototype and evaluate photonic microsystems that integrate micro-optics, optoelectronics, and electronics
  • Publish original research in top-tier journals and conference proceedings
  • Deliver results and report 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 and/or photonic integrated circuits
  • 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 compound semiconductor optoelectronic devices, and/or photonic integrated circuits
  • You can obtain and maintain an DOE L Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Experience with compound semiconductor optoelectronics, design and test
  • 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 optoelectronic circuits and devices
  • Familiarity with optoelectronic modeling and simulation software
  • 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

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 Visit our website for more information:

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) L-level 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 must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent 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.