Sandia National Laboratories Electrical Breakdown Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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 helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security?

You could be the Postdoctoral Appointee we are looking for with a background in electrical breakdown sciences to support research and development into the physics, as well as the design and performance of components and systems. You will be provided opportunities for both dynamic teaming and leadership.

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

  • Create and develop advanced technologies for investigating the physical phenomena associated with electrical breakdown.
  • Develop and use electrical and optical diagnostics for characterization of electrical phenomena
  • Support the design and evaluation of critical components and systems.
  • Assure safe and secure operations that are consistent with ES&H and security

Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our team and achieve your dreams while making a difference.


  • PhD in electrical engineering, plasma physics or a related discipline
  • A demonstrated history and interest in the physical phenomena associated with electrical breakdown through applied research and a demonstrated publication record
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q Clearance


  • Five years or more of experience in electrical breakdown research
  • Demonstrated experience using high voltage, high bandwidth diagnostics including high voltage and current probes (V-dots, B-dots, and CVRs) and imaging techniques including with laser diagnostics
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, building, and using high voltage pulsers and Marx banks
  • Experience and familiarity with high speed photography and spectroscopy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals and reports

Department Description:

Department 1353 is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Work for Other (WFO) Programs. Our capabilities include high voltage science and lightning simulation, experimental electromagnetics, the design and manufacturing of advanced power electronics and controls, and plasma physics. Department 1353 employs a comprehensive research approach that includes analysis, simulation, and hardware verification.

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*

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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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

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.