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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Microsystems Forensic Analysis Engineer/Scientist in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are looking for an outstanding professional Engineer/Scientist to lead our forensic analysis capability. The position will involve leading a team performing physical forensics processing in the laboratory of microelectronic devices, components, and assemblies utilizing a broad spectrum of customized instruments, equipment, and techniques. This work will be collaborative as part of multidisciplinary teams performing microelectronics analysis and assessment research. It will also include responsibility for the sustainment and strategic development of the forensic analysis capabilities. Envisioning, proposing and leading developmental project work to advance forensic analysis capabilities will be a key role. Expected R&D opportunities include exploration and evaluation of 3-Dimensional and Heterogeneous Integration assemblies in microelectronics and their implications for national security.

We are seeking candidates who possess a strong applied background in microelectronics fabrication, processing, failure analysis, or physical analysis. Understanding of modern microelectronic devices, semiconductor manufacturing materials, fabrication processes, and physical circuit structures will be key elements in addressing daily technical challenges. Communication of results in the form of reports to customers and conference presentations will be an important aspect of this work. Meticulous attention to detail, innovation, leadership, mentoring and a demonstrated ability to function in a multidisciplinary team are highly valued.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline (STEM)

  • 5 years hands-on microsystems experience consisting of microfabrication and/or microsystems analysis laboratory experience

  • Experience with microelectronics failure analysis tools and techniques such as board disassembly/reassembly, de-soldering/soldering, milling, lapping, delayering, thinning and etching

  • Experience leading a team to plan, execute and improve microfabrication systems or processes and/or laboratory research and development work

  • Experience preparing and delivering written reports and technical talks to subject matter experts and customers

  • You must have the ability to obtain and maintain US DOE Q security clearance

  • Also must have the willingness, ability to obtain and maintain a SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Master’s degree in a science or engineering discipline (STEM)

  • Experience successfully proposing, leading and executing laboratory-based R&D projects

  • Formal process management/improvement education, certification and experience

  • Familiarity with the design and manufacture of printed circuit board assemblies

  • Experience in semiconductor analysis tools and techniques such as semiconductor parameter analysis, X-ray imaging or computed tomography, confocal scanning acoustic microscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning microwave impedance microscopy, or scanning electron microscopy

  • Experience with advanced “More than Moore” microelectronics packaging (interposers, stacked die, stacked wafers, etc.)

  • Active SCI security clearance.

About Our Team:

The Protective Technologies Group is a research and development (R&D) organization consisting of diverse laboratories and capabilities. To support Sandia's national security missions, our cybersecurity scientists and engineers engage in a variety of research areas including:

  • Physical analysis of semiconductor devices and microelectronic components and assemblies

  • Development, advancement, and application of novel analysis techniques & tools for troubleshooting

  • Novel approaches for protecting microelectronic components, devices and circuits from external influences

  • Detection of unexpected physical/functional behaviors

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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.

Job ID: 682961