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Microelectronic/Semiconductor Technologist - Optoelectronics (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689835

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Microelectronic/Semiconductor Technologist to perform a wide variety of microfabrication processes for our compound semiconductor optoelectronics programs. The work will include microfabrication activities using Lithography, Deposition (CVD and metals), Wet and Dry etch, Defect inspection and additional metrology in Class 10 compound semiconductor facility. It is expected that a successful candidate will become qualified to proficiently perform all wafer fabrication process steps required on the assigned projects within 6-12 months of training.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Complete hands-on performance of the full suite of microelectronic fabrication processes including: metrology, photolithography, wet and dry etch, metal evaporation and electroplating, thin film deposition, wafer thinning, and dicing in a clean room environment.

  • Perform Metrology support measurements and visual inspections typically encountered in device and circuit microfabrication, including use of manual electrical probe stations for bench testing.

  • Work alongside engineers to implement projects and to support R&D and fabrication activities.

  • Reliably manipulate and handle fragile semiconductor wafers with tweezers

Ability to wear a clean-room attire for up to 4 consecutive hours including hood, gown, and gloves.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associate’s degree in a Science or Engineering field or;

  • Four (4) or more years of relevant experience

  • Experience relevant to semiconductor microfabrication such as:

  • wet chemical processing

  • microfabrication equipment

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Two (2) or more years of experience with direct hands-on semiconductor microfabrication processing, especially with III-V materials and devices

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM

  • Experience working in a clean room environment

  • Experience in a laboratory environment operating semiconductor fabrication equipment

  • Ability to prioritize work across multiple competing tasks

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment

  • Familiar with applicable safety requirements relevant to semiconductor processing work (chemical safety, personal protective equipment)

  • Previous experience in a low-volume production, wide product mix R&D micro fabrication environment

About Our Team:

The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor and RF devices, photonics, and microsystems for national security applications including high-performance computing, communications, renewable energy, sensing and imaging. As part of Sandia's Microsystems Science, Technology and Components Center, we research, design, fabricate, prototype, test and deliver novel RF and photonics devices, including lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and sensors. We focus on R&D of high-performance technology platforms and customized microsystems. We leverage state-of-the-art materials and fabrication capabilities within the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (MESA) cleanroom complex to serve a broad mix of internal and external customers. Core capabilities include: Optical, optoelectronic and electronic modeling and simulation Epitaxial design, materials growth (MOCVD/MBE) and materials characterization Design, microfabrication and testing of III-V photonic devices, RF devices and photonic integrated circuits Heterogeneous microsystem integration and prototyping High-speed and harsh-environment optoelectronics, and device reliability.

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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • 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:

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 need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 689835

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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