Sandia National Laboratories R&D Lab Support Technologist - Microsystem Packaging (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an R&D Lab Support Technologist to support projects in microsystem packaging. The position will involve cross-training within a variety of microsystem packaging technology areas, including: mechanical design using Solidworks, AutoCAD, SurfCAM, LinkCAD, and TransCAD; photolithography, including patterning of substrates with a variety of photoresist materials for deposition of thin film metals; inspection, assembly, documentation, soldering, hermetic sealing, and device testing on a variety of packaging media (ceramic, plastic, or hybrid); and Low-Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC) and general microsystem prototyping & assembly support. In this role, you will be expected to become a subject matter expert (SME) for at least one R&D/process capability in our laboratories and to lead the operational aspects for one functional technology area, lead small R&D/prototype projects, and provide input in staff-customer meetings.

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

  • Work with technical staff to support research and development work related to design, modification, prototyping, and performance testing of proof-of-concept principles
  • Interface with internal/external organizational staff to manage incoming work
  • Apply independent thinking to solve unique prototyping problems, including fixturing, packaging, processing, finishing, and testing
  • Plan, undertake, analyze, document, and report the results of experiments to department staff and/or customers, all with minimal direction. Additional responsibilities include communication with laboratory equipment suppliers, writing standard operating procedures, addressing ES&H issues, maintaining equipment, and troubleshooting both software and hardware equipment problems


  • High school diploma plus 3 years’ experience
  • Experience solving engineering problems
  • Experience in a fast-paced team environment with scientists, engineers, technical staff, and/or fellow technologists
  • Experience giving presentations, preparing reports, and explaining the important aspects of technical work to customers and collaborators
  • Current, active L clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree in a science and engineering field
  • Experience and expertise in the technical areas outlined in the job description

Department Description:

The Microsystem Packaging and Polymer Processing Department (Organization 1833) specializes in two areas: (1) advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components, and (2) providing materials expertise, processing expertise, and prototype fabrication capabilities for a wide variety of polymer applications.

In our microsystem packaging area, we develop prototypes and proof-of concept devices that employ a wide variety of materials including ceramics, metals, polymers, and semiconductors. We enable customer success across Sandia and its partnerships by providing expertise in lithography, laser processing, hybrid fabrication, microelectronic assembly/packaging, optical packaging, and in many cases the combination of these capabilities. We also perform advanced research and development in the fundamental science and engineering areas relevant to development of packaging solutions that allow electronic, MEMS-based, and optical components to meet demanding environmental requirements.

In our polymer processing area, we support Sandia programs by providing materials expertise, processing expertise, and prototype fabrication capabilities for a wide variety of organic applications, including high-performance polymers, gels, encapsulants, foams, adhesives, and composites. We practice concurrent engineering with designers who are involved in the application of thermosetting, thermoplastic, and composite materials. We routinely use these materials to join, package, and provide structural support to satisfy demanding electrical, mechanical, and environmental design requirements. We support research on adhesion and on thermally and electrically conductive materials, support stress and fracture mechanics modeling efforts with experiments, perform emergency production when necessary, and work with our customers to find the right material for the application.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted L-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.

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 L-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