Silicon Photonics Research - Postdoctoral Appointee | Sandia National Laboratories

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 12, 2019

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Position Location: 
Albuquerque, NM
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What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security?

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

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform focused research in silicon photonics in simulation, design, and experimental characterization of devices.
  • Perform small‐scale packaging of silicon photonics devices, sometimes co‐packaged with electronic chips.
  • Suggest and implement improvements in device characterization techniques, device design, packaging, and fabrication techniques.
  • Report research results in top‐tier journals and conferences.
  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing as applicable.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Require

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical areas, 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 in performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top‐tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Security Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

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

  • Demonstrated expertise in integrated photonics (in particular, silicon photonics) simulation, design, and testing.
  • 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. Additional experience automating characterization experiments is a plus.
  • Experience interfacing electrical components to optical microsystems; examples are modulator drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, and electronic control circuits.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical materials, nonlinear optics, and/or related topics.
  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment and flexibility to work on multiple project concurrently.
  • Active L or Q Clearance.

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.


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