Postdoctoral Appointee-Integrated Photonics & Semiconductor Optoelectronics | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 12, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to perform research in new photonic and/or photon sensing technologies who

  • can work across technology areas spanning device conception, design 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, 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 report findings to co-workers and customers
  • Develop and pursue new opportunities in areas that support Sandia mission activities

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or closely related discipline conferred within five years prior to employment
  • Possess a record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents
  • Experience in experimental characterization of compound semiconductor optoelectronics, nanophotonics, plasmonics, sensor arrays and/or relevant materials
  • Experience with solid-state physics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, classical optics, optoelectronic device engineering, compound semiconductor materials and/or related fields, as well as experience with design, simulation, fabrication, and testing of photonic devices, materials, and/or optical systems
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Security clearance, or current active security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with compound semiconductor optoelectronics
  • Strong academic performance
  • 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
  • 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 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.

Check out Sandia's National Security Photonics Center at

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) Q‐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 Q‐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, 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.

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.


Apply online using Job ID: 668199