Postdoctoral Appointee - Active Infrared Photonics and Energy Conversion | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

Job ID: 666795 

What Your Job Will Be Like

The Photonic and Phononic Microsystems Department is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with an emphasis on nano photonic and micro photonic techologies.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Support research involving nano photonics and nonlinear optics.
  • Support research in areas including infrared metamaterials, active plasmonic, infrared devices, and other optical technologies.
  • Design, simulate, fabricate, and/or characterize novel optical devices, materials, and systems.
  • Study new physics phenomenon and evaluate new concepts.
  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing.

Qualifications We Require

  • You have a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Eletrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related discipline, conferred within the last five years prior to employment.
  • Your background includes experience in the design, simulation and characterization of infrared metamaterials or plasmonic devices.
  • Knowledge of CMOS device physics and fabrication methods.
  • Your skillset includes experience with finite element method tools, such as COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, or similar packages.

Qualifications We Desire

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

  • Expertise in optoelectronic devices, nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, or related topics.
  • Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publication in top- tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.
  • Familiarity with the following: CMOS device physics and thermal physics and radiometry with experience in advanced electrical testing procedures.
  • Experience in designing and modifying vacuum systems.
  • Experience in design and simulation of novel optical structures and devices with commercial and custom codes.
  • Experience in infrared optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors, and spectroscopies.
  • Familiarity with laboratory optical bench optics, electronics, optoelectronics, and safe use of lasers; able to design and carry out laser-based optical experiments.
  • Expertise in Matlab for lab automation and GUI development.
  • Self-motivated, with strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

About Our Team

The Photonic and Phononic Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic and phononic technologies for a variety of national security purposes. Our team of interdisciplinary researchers innovates, develops, and applies novel technologies including silicon photonics, nanophotonics, optomechanics, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical detectors, guided wave optics, phononic and thermoelectric technologies, spanning fundamental research and path-finding engineering solutions.

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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 Q‐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 Q‐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.