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Sandia National Laboratories RD Lab Support Technologist - Ion Beam Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you looking to be a member of a high performing team? We are seeking a Lab Support Technologist to maintain and operate a 100 kV focused ion implantation system, called the nanoImplanter, or nI. In this role, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the research and development of advanced technological systems that can only be realized using the nI. These include nano-photonic and electronic systems on the forefront of modern technologies that utilize quantum effects for a wide range of emerging applications from single photon sources to quantum sensing and computation. The nI can be used to implant atoms from 1/3 of the periodic table into spots of only 10s of nanometers. Additionally, you will coordinate the installation and setup of a new 35 kV focused ion beam implantation system designed for higher resolution implantation at lower energies. Both these systems represent a unique capability found only at Sandia National Laboratories enabling groundbreaking research.

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

  • Maintain, operate and upgrade the 100 and 35 kV systems
  • Develop the skills necessary to finely focus the beam and to refurbish the liquid-metal alloy ion source (LMAIS) that provides the ions
  • Maintain the high vacuum system and high voltage system for optimal operation
  • Collaborate with internal and external contributors on work published in high impact journals


  • Associate degree or higher in electronics or engineering related discipline
  • Experience with general electronics, high voltage and vacuum systems
  • Experience with GUI programs such as LabView and Visual C or experience with software-hardware integration in an accelerator-based environment
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or related discipline
  • Prior experience with focused ion beam (FIB), scanning electron microscope (SEM), or particle accelerators and ion sources
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team
  • Good time management skills
  • Ambitious, hard working person who is passionate about problem solving

Department Description:

The Radiation-Solid Interaction Department operates the Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL). This state-of-the-art facility houses 4 major accelerators: a 6 MV Tandem, a 3 MV Pelletron, a 400 kV implanter, and a unique 100 kV Nano Implanter with a<20nm spot size. Other experimental facilities include micro beam lines on all the major accelerators, a pulsed laser deposition system for synthesizing unique films, and a TEM, equipped with gas, fluid, and nanomechanical stages, with in-situ ion irradiation available from both the Tandem and a Colutron source.

The IBL engages in three major research thrusts:

  • Understanding the performance of materials in radiation environments. These projects impact the performance of microelectronics in space and other hostile environments, as well as cladding materials in nuclear reactor and storage environments.
  • Developing and applying novel ion beam techniques to precisely measure materials compositions. Applications in this area include mapping hydrogen isotopes in fusion wall material and measuring the composition of thin complex materials such as transition metal oxides.
  • Exploring the materials science of defects in solids. This broad area includes single ion implants for quantum applications, anomalous grain growth in nanograined materials, hydride formation under irradiation, and nanomechanical responses of materials.

In each thrust the department provides unrivaled capabilities to multidisciplinary teams with an interest in publishing high quality research and applying the results to problems of national interest.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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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.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.