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Postdoctoral Appointee - Thin Films

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688662

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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.

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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:

Do you enjoy developing and characterizing novel thin films and coatings to advance national security needs? If so, you would be perfect to join our thin films team. Our team specializes in research and development of thin films and coatings for a variety of electrical and mechanical applications and environments. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support the research of metal thin film deposition and the investigation of thin film process-structure-property relationships.

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

  • Plan and perform experiments involving sputter deposition, collect and analyze data with the goal of investigating how process parameters affect film stress, microstructure and mechanical performance

  • Interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia National Laboratories to develop new high-throughput, combinatorial approaches to deposition and film characterization

  • Publish journal articles and present work at local and national conferences

Qualifications We Require:

  • You have, or are pursuing, a PhD in materials science or engineering, or a related field conferred within 5 years prior to employment

  • Experience with process research and development

  • Experience with vapor deposition processes (sputtering or evaporative deposition) and thin film characterization techniques

  • History of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific and/or technical conferences

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with magnetron sputter deposition methods, including process research and development and microstructural and mechanical property characterization

  • Experience with operating high vacuum pumping systems

  • Experience with or knowledge of machine learning approaches

  • Excellent ability to translate technical work to a broad audience, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and invited/contributed talks

  • Ability to work well in a team environment, including strong verbal communication skills and ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds

About Our Team:

The Thin Films and Packaging Department specializes in two areas:1. Advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components2. Developing custom thin films for a variety of dissimilar applications

The thin films team develops novel thin films and coatings for a variety of electrical and mechanical applications and environments. Our group specializes in the development and characterization of sputtered, evaporated, chemical vapor deposited, and atomic layer deposited thin films. We probe fundamental material behaviors to develop films for tribological, optoelectronic, MEMS, microelectronic and other applications in support of the national security mission space.

Our team is committed to ensuring a nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

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: 688662

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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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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
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