Sandia National Laboratories R&D Optical Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a research optical engineer, with an emphasis in silicon photonics technologies to join the Applied Photonic Microsystems Department at Sandia.

This staff positions' responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform research in silicon photonics in simulation, design, and experimental characterization of devices.
  • Direct post-docs, students, and staff members to achieve milestones and deliverables. Give presentations on program outputs.
  • Work in a team setting to propose new research programs, and work with sponsors, management, and other stake holders to obtain funding.
  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing as applicable.


  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical area conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • Experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems.
  • Experience in developing or using software for device performance simulations using, for example, Comsol, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.
  • Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.


  • Minimum of 7 years post-graduate experience in integrated optics or optical communications
  • Demonstrated expertise in integrated photonics (in particular, silicon photonics) simulation, design, and testing.
  • Experience in high speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high speed and high frequency test equipment, such as bit error rate test equipment, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high-speed oscilloscopes. Additional experience automating characterization experiments is a plus.
  • Experience interfacing electrical components to optical microsystems; examples are modulator drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, and electronic control circuits.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical materials, nonlinear optics, and/or related topics.
  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment and flexibility to work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated project leadership including reporting, budgeting, directing others, and meeting milestones and deliverables
  • Strong presentation and communication skills

Department Description:

The Applied Photonic Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic technologies for a variety of national security purposes. Our team of interdisciplinary researchers innovates, develops, and applies novel technologies including silicon photonics, nanophotonics, nanooptomechanics, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical detectors, guided wave optics, and biophotonics.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT