Postdoctoral Appointee in the Applied Photonic Microsystems | Sandia National Laboratories

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

Job ID: 661829

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join the Applied Photonic Microsystems Department with an emphasis in silicon photonics technologies.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Support research involving silicon photonics,  quantum optics, nano-optomechanics, and/or  nonlinear optics.
  • Support research in areas including optical interconnect, optical emitters and detectors, RF photonics, nano-optomechanics, integrated quantum optical systems, 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

  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical area conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • Experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems.
  • Experience in developing or using software for device performance simulations using, for example, Comsol, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.
  • Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Expertise in integrated photonics, nano-optomechanics, nonlinear optics, quantum or ultrafast optics, semiconductor physics, optical materials, and/or related topics.
  • Experience with nonlinear optical measurement techniques and basic theories for treatment of nonlinear phenomena.
  • Experience in IR and terahertz optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors and spectroscopies.
  • Experience in design and simulation of novel optical structures and materials (for example: optical waveguides, modulators, plasmonics, fibers or photonic/phononic bandgap materials) with commercial and custom codes.
  • Familiarity with laboratory optical bench optics, electronics, optoelectronics, and safe use of lasers, able to design and carry out laser-based optical experiments.
  • Familiarity with laboratory experiments at cryogenic temperature or high temperature, and in radiation environment.
  • Experience in high speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, such as bit error rate test equipment, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high speed oscilloscopes.
  • Self-motivated, with strong communication skills to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience with optical packaging and micro and nano fabrication processes, tools, and metrology.

Familiarity with the following:

  • Nonlinear processes such as four-wave mixing, two-photon absorption and stimulated Brillouin scattering.
  • Physics of waveguides, photonic crystals or phononic crystals, and atom interferometry.
  • Solid state physics and phenomena and physical optics.
  • Quantum information science and technologies.

About Our Team

The Applied Photonic Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic 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, and biophotonics.

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.


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