Sandia National Laboratories Microfabrication Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Microelectronics/Semiconductor Technologist to support microfabrication research and development. Are you seeking an opportunity to work with compound-semiconductor-based electronic and optoelectronic devices, including power diodes, high electron mobility transistors, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes, and laser diodes? Do you want to be a critical member of a dynamic team exploring and realizing novel semiconductor device concepts in support of National Security missions? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity.

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

  • Work in Sandia’s Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Microfab, a state-of-the-art compound semiconductor class 10/100 clean room
  • Support start-to-finish device processing involving a variety of techniques including photolithography, metal deposition, dielectric deposition and sputtering, plasma etching, dicing, and annealing
  • Identify creative solutions to overcome research challenges
  • Complete training on required tools and processes needed to support program efforts
  • Build positive relationships and demonstrate flexibility in supporting diverse and evolving research activities


  • Associate’s degree in a relevant technical discipline
  • Experience with semiconductor processing in a cleanroom environment
  • Experience working both independently and within a team
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline
  • Experience with compound semiconductor (GaAs-, GaN- or InP-based) device processing in a cleanroom environment
  • Experience in the operation of processing tools such as photomask aligners, plasma etchers, chemical wet benches, electron-beam evaporators, sputtering tools, PECVD tools, and rapid thermal annealing furnaces
  • Familiarity with materials characterization techniques such as optical microscopy, surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements
  • Proven ability to provide creative solutions and develop new processes required for evolving research needs
  • Ability to multi-task to support multiple staff members on different projects
  • Excellent attention to detail and thorough documentation of work
  • Current DOE L or Q security clearance

Department Description:

The Semiconductor Material and Device Sciences Department 1873 is engaged in compound semiconductor physics and device research, with parallel, complementary efforts in fundamental science and novel device technologies, within 1800, the Center for Material, Physical, and Chemical sciences. One of several current focus areas are III-nitride based materials and devices for power electronics and other applications, which have enormous short-and-long-term potential for Sandia’s national security missions. Other ongoing efforts include quantum nano-wire and nano-dot materials and devices, radiation effects and defect spectroscopy, blue and UV optoelectronics, optical communications, and other novel device concepts.

The Department's research utilizes staff expertise in experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, state-of-the-art nano- and micro-fabrication, and advanced materials and device characterization and modeling. It partners closely with other organizations, including the Advanced Materials Sciences Department 1876, other departments in Centers 1300 and 5200, and university and industry collaborators throughout the world. The Department makes use of state-of-the-art growth and microfabrication facilities associated with MESA (Sandia's Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications complex); scientific facilities at CINT (the joint Sandia / Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies); and staff laboratories with specialized characterization techniques.

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.

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:

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.