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R&D Advanced Packaging and Heterogeneous Integration

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688678

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you have a passion for developing the next generation of advanced packaging and heterogeneous integration strategies to address national security needs? If so, you would be perfect to join our advanced packaging team. Our team develops and prototypes custom packaging solutions to support the development of future nuclear deterrence and national security technologies. Your responsibilities will include working closely with design engineers to deliver prototype hardware, shaping the direction of a dynamic and growing department, and mentoring technologists and new staff members. You will have the opportunity to develop an R&D portfolio advancing the state of the art in microsystems packaging, advanced manufacturing of electrical circuits and connectors, and sensor development. We are looking for someone with experience and a passion for researching and developing state of the art solutions in advanced packaging and heterogeneous integration, dedication to details, good interpersonal communication skills, and who is excited to partner across Sandia to identify and address future technology insertion opportunities.

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

  • Lead a team of technologists and staff to solve challenging packaging and materials issues related to electronic assemblies

  • Partner with internal and external customers to develop an R&D portfolio to promote advanced packaging capabilities to address mission needs

  • Act as a consultant across the labs for packaging and hybrid electronic systems

  • Work directly with design engineers and production agencies to design, build and test prototype hardware

  • Evaluate and improve upon assembly and testing procedures for electronic assemblies

  • Collect data, interrupt results and present results and conclusions that drive decisions for significant programs

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree or higher in materials science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field

  • Experience in heterogeneous integration and advanced microelectronic packaging

  • Record of peer reviewed scientific publications and professional presentations (Please include publication list as part of your CV)

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in materials science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or relevant STEM field

  • Proven track record of proposing, acquiring funding, and executing research and development in the fields of packaging or heterogeneous integration

  • Creative thinking and technical problem solving

  • Experience with technical communication, documentation, and publication

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills

  • Experience working in National Security mission spaces like Nuclear Deterrence

  • Knowledge of encapsulants, adhesives, underfills, solder and other materials commonly used in printed wiring assemblies

  • Mechanical and electrical design experience using common CAD software

About Our Team:

The Packaging and Thin Films Department specializes in two areas:

  • Advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components

  • Developing custom thin films for microelectronic, optoelectronic, and tribological applications

The microsystems packaging team develops prototypes and proof-of concept devices that employ a wide variety of materials and assembly procedures. We team across Sandia by providing an understanding of critical materials performance parameters associated with electrical interfaces and assemblies. We support research and development projects probing fundamental science and engineering areas relevant to packaging solutions for electronics, MEMS-based devices, optical components, and hybrid systems. The microsystems packaging team is responsible for understanding interfaces of electronic materials and assembles with the goal of providing solutions for custom packaging and assembly processes. We have assembly capabilities for fine techniques including wire bonding of integrated circuits, precision laser machining of various materials, and solder stations for board-level assembly work. We have subject matter experts in the areas of solder reflow, packaging, processing and other technical skillsets related to printed wiring assemblies. Our team routine works with designers to build one-off custom electronic assemblies for low-volume fielded hardware.

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 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.

Job ID: 688678

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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