Postdoctoral Appointee - Materials Scientist for MEMS Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7081221 (Ref.No. 677399)
Posted: July 16, 2021

Job Description

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. : Organization 05219, MEMS Technologies, is currently seeking candidates for a postdoctoral appointment to help develop and integrate novel materials for next generation, high performance microsystems. The field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) has matured with widespread availability of products, such as, sensors, radiofrequency (RF) and power electronics, and optical/photonic devices. Our team’s vision is to create the next leap in MEMS technology through the exploration of novel materials and their physical properties to develop innovative devices and functionalities. Some materials of interest include piezoelectric, magnetic, optical, phase change, and nanocomposite materials. Outstanding candidates will have a strong fundamental understanding of thin film growth mechanics and experience with MEMS/semiconductor microfabrication, novel fabrication process integration, and characterization of novel materials. Come join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in an exciting research environment with exceptional respect for quality of life, while working with the Sandia MESA fabrication facilities toward applications in national security. On a given day, you may be called upon to: + Conduct research toward novel materials and devices, including leading a research thrust and communicating research results. + Work in a collaborative environment toward novel microsystems by applying your existing knowledge, contributing your knowledge to the team, and gaining new knowledge from the team. + Support existing programs by working in the MESA MicroFab cleanroom to investigate and resolve fabrication problems due to materials issues. This postdoctoral appointment is an opportunity to continue an engineer/scientist’s early career growth.

+ Ph.D. conferred within 5 years prior to employment in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or in a related science or engineering field + Research on the growth of thin films for MEMS/semiconductor devices + Experience working in a MEMS/semiconductor cleanroom + Experience characterizing MEMS/semiconductor materials + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance

+ Research experience with the following: + Piezoelectric, magnetic, optical, phase change, or nanocomposite materials + Thin film nucleation and growth kinetics + MEMS/semiconductor fabrication tools/methods and fabrication process integration + Characterization of microstructure and physical properties + Multiphysics finite element analysis + A technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team + Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed + Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions + Excellent interpersonal and communication skills + An eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary, diverse team environment

Department Description:

You will be part of the MEMS Technology Department ( We conduct research and development for advanced micro-electromechanical systems that push the technology envelope for national security applications. Our broad R&D portfolio includes traditional MEMS sensors and actuators (e.g., inertial sensors and switches), piezoelectric devices (e.g., ultrasonic transducers), RF/acoustic devices (e.g., RF filters), opto/acoustic devices (e.g., optical modulators), magnetic and photovoltaic devices, and emerging technologies. We also develop and maintain a comprehensive set of MEMS fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build MEMS with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes. MEMS is an interdisciplinary field. So our team includes a great diversity of technical backgrounds, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, and even civil engineering. We highly value technical competence and entrepreneurial spirit. We welcome diversity of all kinds and strive for an inclusive environment.

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 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : 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.

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.