Postdoctoral Appointee - Nanophotonic & Microphotonic Technologies | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description: 

Job ID: 666796

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Photonic and Phononic Microsystems Department with an emphasis in nanphotonic and microphotonic technologies.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Support research involving silicon photonics, nanophotonics, nano-opto-mechanics, quantum otpics, and/or nonlinear optics.
  • Support research in areas including optical interconnect, optical emitters and detectors, optical forces in nano- optomechanical waveguide and cavity system.
  • Integrated quantum optical systems, metamaterials, plasmonic and phononic 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 Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical areas, conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • You possess experience in design/simulation of optical metamaterials.
  • Your background includes experience in finite element method tools, such as COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes, etc.
  • You have experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.
  • You can obtain a DOE Q Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Experience in the design and simulation of optical metamaterials.
  • 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 with commercial and custom codes.
  • Experience in near-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.
  • Experience with micro and nano fabrication processes, tools, and metrology.
  • Self-motivated, with strong communications skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Expertise in integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics, solid state physics, materials, or related topics.
  • Exceptional service in the national interest

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 availablity of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

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.