Nanophotonics - Postdoctoral Appointee
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What Your Job Will Be Like:
The Nanostructure Physics Department at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Appointee with an emphasis in nanophotonics!
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Support research in nanophotonics, quantum optics, metamaterials, plasmonics, and/or nonlinear optics
Design, simulate, fabricate, and/or characterize novel optical devices, materials, and systems
Study new physics phenomena and evaluate new concepts
Report research results in top-tier journals and professional conferences
Generate new intellectual property through patent filing
Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!
Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.
Qualifications We Require:
PhD conferred within five years prior to employment in electrical engineering, optical engineering, physics, or related field
Experience with the design and testing of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems
Experience developing or using software for device performance simulations using, for example, Comsol, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.
Proven Record of invention, high-impact publications in journals, and presentations at conferences
Qualifications We Desire:
Prior experience with in the any of the following areas : Structured light, liquid crystals, magneto-optics or optical computation is highly desirable.
Expertise in nonlinear optics, integrated photonics, optomechanics, quantum or ultrafast optics, semiconductor physics, materials, and/or related topics
Experience with nonlinear optical measurement techniques and basic theories for treatment of nonlinear phenomena
Experience in IR and terahertz optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors and spectroscopies
Experience in design and simulation of novel optical structures and materials (for example: optical waveguides, modulators, plasmonics, fibers or photonic/phononic bandgap materials) with commercial and custom codes
Experience in high-speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high-speed oscilloscopes
Ambitious, with strong interpersonal skills to work independently and in a diverse team environment
Experience with micro and nano fabrication processes, tools, and metrology
Familiarity with the following:
Optical bench optics, electronics, optoelectronics, and safe use of lasers, able to design and carry out laser-based optical experiments
Nonlinear processes such as four-wave mixing, two-photon absorption, harmonic generation
Physics of waveguides, photonic crystals, plasmonic devices, and metamaterials
Solid state physics and phenomena and physical optics
Quantum information science and technologies
About Our Team:
The Nanostructure Physics department (01881) conducts research to establish the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials into microscale and macroscale systems and devices. Department members perform discovery and use-inspired basic research in support of the DOE/SC Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and other Sandia programs. CINT is a DOE/Office of Science National User Facility operated jointly by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories with facilities at both Laboratories.
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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.
Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.
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.
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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.
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
Job ID: 691490
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