Postdoctoral Appointee - Infrared Materials and Devices

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7058112 (Ref.No. 667978)
Posted: June 21, 2019

Job Description

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? We are looking for a Postdoctoral Appointee with interest in the design, fabrication, characterization, and measurement of novel infrared detectors. Measurements will range from fundamental studies of materials defects to full characterization of detectors including quantum efficiency and dark current. On any given day, you may be called upon to: + Perform photoluminescence and lifetime measurements on as-grown materials + Perform unconventional transport measurements in anisotropic materials + You will model band structure of heterostructures using commercial software + Model and design photonic structures to obtain novel behavior in infrared detectors + You will collaborate with a diverse team

+ You have a PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline

+ Ability to quickly learn new experimental techniques + Experience making effective technical presentations + Strong verbal and written communication skills as needed to work successfully in a team environment + Experience with FTIR spectroscopy + Experience with reflective optics + Experience with lasers + Technical competency in microscale device fabrication + Experience with cryogenic measurement techniques + Scientific programming for efficient data collection + Ability to collaborate in a team environment, and interested in interdisciplinary research + Independent vision, creativity, and ability to pursue and achieve R&D milestones

Department Description:

The Quantum Phenomena Department (01867) is part of the Material, Physical, Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories which creates new scientific knowledge in support of Sandia's national security mission. We provide science-based solutions to meet the needs of various offices within the Department of Energy (especially the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, various Energy Technology Offices, and the National Nuclear Security Administration) as well as other government agencies. Our work spans the spectrum from fundamental research to state-of-the-art applications. This department has a very broad range of research programs that include theory and experiment relating to quantum-based computation, communication, and fundamental science. Research topics in this department include infrared materials, infrared devices, metamaterials, spectroscopy, quantum transport, quantum materials, quantum optics, as well as work on superconducting materials and devices. We also have ongoing work on the physics of quantum dots, quantum wells, topological insulators, and 2D materials and interfaces. The Quantum Phenomena Department at Sandia has a long history of performing cutting-edge basic research on the transmission and manipulation of quantum-based information.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. 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.

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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