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Postdoctoral Appointee -- Experimental Quantum Information Science - ONSITE

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691779

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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

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  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

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  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to pursue research in semiconductor quantum systems with applications in quantum information science. The research will involve the characterization and operation of spin qubits in silicon and related materials, using both standard and novel device designs. You will use knowledge of quantum information processing, qubit control, semiconductor device physics, microwave electronics, and cryogenics to solve complex problems.

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

  • Characterize and operate semiconductor-based quantum devices and qubits at dilution refrigerator temperatures.

  • Design hardware for delivering control signals to device under test.

  • Design and execute experiments aimed at understanding specific physical phenomena relevant to semiconductor quantum dots and spin qubits.

  • Collaborate with a diverse team, including experimentalists and theorists, with experience in quantum information science.

  • Develop and apply your independent vision, creativity, and ability to pursue and achieve R&D milestones.

  • Communicate results (through publications and presentations) to sponsors, collaborators, and the broader research community.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field, conferred within five (5) years prior to employment

  • Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Quantum information science or quantum sensing

  • Experimental characterization of quantum systems

  • Semiconductor device operation at cryogenic temperatures

  • Electron or hole transport in nanostructures

  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and interest in interdisciplinary research

  • Ability to communicate effectively and influentially both orally and in writing

  • Ability to quickly learn new experimental techniques

  • Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Operating semiconductor quantum systems

  • Cryogenic measurement techniques, including dilution refrigerator operation

  • Low noise and RF measurement techniques

  • Measurement of quantum-based devices in an experimental setting

  • Computer control of experiments and electronic equipment and

  • Scientific programming for efficient data collection and analysis (specifically Python)

About Our Team:

The Advanced Silicon Quantum Devices Department of the Advanced Microsystems Group conducts groundbreaking research on semiconductor-based devices for quantum information sciences applications. Our fundamental expertise lies in semiconductor-based quantum dot and donor-based qubits. Our core capabilities are semiconductor qubit development and measurement, quantum coherent control, cryogenic characterization and measurement, and quantum information science and technology. We use our positive relationships within the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (MESA) foundry facility, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), and other internal and external organizations to develop advanced solid-state quantum device technologies.

Our specific areas of expertise include:• Semiconductor qubit development and measurement• Quantum coherent control• Cryogenic characterization and measurement• Quantum information science and technology

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.

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 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.


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.

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.

Position Information:

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: 691779

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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

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