Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Metamaterials & Nonlinear Optics in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This job posting is at the Member and Senior levels. Principal level employees may qualify, but will be moved into the Member or Senior level. Employees applying will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications of the job.

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The Applied Photonic Microsystems Department is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Appointee with an emphasis in nanophotonic and microphotonic technologies.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Support research involving nanophotonics and nonlinear optics.
  • Support research in areas including metamaterials, plasmonic, optical emitters and absorbers, 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.

Required:

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other related technical areas, conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • Experience in the design and simulation of optical metamaterials.
  • Experience in finite element method tools, such as COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, or similar packages.
  • Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publication in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.

Desired:

  • Expertise in C++ programming for scientific computing and GUI development.
  • Expertise in integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, or related topics.
  • Familiarity with the following: Group theory applications to metamaterial; Optical isolators and circulators.
  • Numerical techniques for optimization and sensitivity analysis; Solid state physics and phenomena and physical optics.
  • Experience in design and simulation of novel optical structures and material 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.
  • Self-motivated, with strong communications skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Undergraduate/graduate GPA >3.2/3.5.

Department Description:

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT