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Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - MOCVD Research Scientist/Engineer in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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.

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Organization 05246, III-V Optoelectronics & HI, is seeking a creative and motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to research, develop, and fabricate advanced epitaxy solutions for our leading-edge optoelectronic devices. The selected candidate will assume a key role within the robust optoelectronics team, working closely with compound semiconductor device scientists and engineers on lasers, photonic integrated circuits, photodetectors, photovoltaics, microelectronics, and novel materials.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Perform experimental research involving growth and characterization of novel epitaxial materials and device structures

  • Collaborate with device scientists and fabrication engineers to realize device structures that push the boundaries of optoelectronics performance

  • Apply and improve existing and new technologies to meet specific performance needs and targets

  • Develop new programs and capabilities in areas that support Sandia mission activities to sustain and evolve Sandia’s leading-edge epitaxial capability

  • Collaborate with team members and local professionals to develop new the state-of-the-art materials

  • Deliver results and reporting findings to co-workers and customers

  • Publish original research in top-tier journals and conference proceedings

    Required:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related field, conferred within the last 5 years

  • 3 years proven experience in compound semiconductor epitaxial film growth, operations, and scientific principles using MOCVD or MBE

  • A record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical books, or issued patents

  • The psychology, dependability, and attention to detail needed to work with extremely hazardous substances including phosphine and arsine

  • The ability to certify in SCBA for maintenance activities

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance

    Desired:

  • A strong academic performance as evidenced by minimum cumulative GPA(s) of 3.2/4.0 for each relevant undergraduate degree and 3.5/4.0 for each relevant graduate degree

  • Experience with III-V MOCVD growth, especially arsenides and phosphides

  • A background in thin film characterization including X-ray Diffraction, AFM, Hall, and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy

  • An established record of successful project execution for R&D activities, including project scheduling, reporting, and delivering results

  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting MOCVD reactors, toxic gas cabinets, toxic gas monitors, gas abatement units and test/characterization equipment

  • An understanding of optoelectronic devices and their epitaxial designs

  • A strong work ethic coupled with a passion for building novel semiconductor devices

  • The ability to work across fields, and to solve problems in a highly collaborative environment

  • The ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs

  • Resourcefulness and flexibility to address rapidly advancing technologies and evolving customer needs.

  • A strong self-motivation to work effectively as an independent contributor

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment across diverse groups with disparate backgrounds

    Department Description:

The III-V Optoelectronics Department develops compound semiconductor optoelectronics and microsystems for national security applications including high-performance computing, communications, renewable energy, sensing and imaging. As part of Sandia’s Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications (MESA) Center, we research, design, fabricate, prototype, test and deliver novel lasers, photonic integrated circuits, photonic microsystems, and sensors. We focus on R&D of high performance technology platforms and customized microsystems.

We use state-of-the-art materials and fabrication capabilities within Sandia’s MESA cleanroom complex to serve a broad mix of internal and external clients. 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 and infrared detectors

  • Heterogeneous microsystem integration and prototyping

  • High-speed and harsh-environment optoelectronics, including device reliability assessments

Visit our website for more information: www.sandia.gov/mesa/nspc/

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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.

EEO Statement:

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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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.

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