Postdoctoral Appointee - Advanced Semiconductor Devices

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7055807 (Ref.No. 665894)
Posted: February 6, 2019

Job Description

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct leading-edge research on design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of advanced semiconductor devices. Are you interested in opportunities to augment the existing knowledge of wide- and ultra-wide-bandgap (WBG/UWBG) gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN) high-power devices? Do you want to conduct simulations and experiments on these and other semiconductor materials and device types? If so, you will want to consider this opportunity, where you create and experimentally validate models that will be used to improve device performance and reliability, and improve the state-of-the-art in semiconductors. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Model the static and dynamic electrical and/or thermal behavior of semiconductor devices + Optimize the design of new device types + Implement the physics of new materials into device simulations + Correlate simulation output to experimental results + Provide circuit designers with electrical and/or thermal device models useful for circuit design and simulation + Publish research results in journal articles and present at technical conferences

+ PhD in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, materials science, or an equivalent field plus a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) + Experience in semiconductor device research as evidenced by publications, patents, and/or conference presentations + Able to obtain and maintain a DOE L security clearance

+ Experience with laboratory electrical and/or thermal characterization equipment + Expertise with TCAD software (e.g. Silvaco Atlas) and general numerical analysis software (e.g. MATLAB) + Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team environment

Department Description:

The Semiconductor Material and Device Sciences Department 1873 is engaged in compound semiconductor physics and device research, with parallel, complementary efforts in fundamental science and novel device technologies, within 1800, the Center for Material, Physical, and Chemical sciences. One of several current focus areas are III-Nitride based materials and devices for power electronics and other applications, which have enormous short-and-long-term potential for Sandia’s national security missions. Other ongoing efforts include quantum nano-wire and nano-dot materials and devices, radiation effects and defect spectroscopy, blue and UV optoelectronics, optical communications, and other novel device concepts. The Department's research utilizes staff expertise in experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, state-of-the-art micro- and nano-fabrication, and advanced materials and device characterization and modeling. It partners closely with other organizations, including the Advanced Materials Sciences Department 1876, other departments in Centers 1300 and 5200, and university and industry collaborators throughout the world. The Department makes use of state-of-the-art growth and fabrication facilities associated with MESA (Sandia's Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications complex); scientific facilities at CINT (the joint Sandia / Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies); and staff laboratories with specialized characterization equipment.

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) L-level 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 must 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.

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. : 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.


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