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Postdoctoral Appointee - Photonic and RF Acoustic MEMS Technologies

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Postdoctoral Appointee - Photonic and RF Acoustic MEMS Technologies

Sandia National Laboratories



Job #667894517

We are seeking postdoctoral appointments to conduct research and development toward advanced photonic and RF acoustic MEMS technologies, including the interaction of photons and phonons, piezoelectrically actuated photonics, advanced RF acoustics, and photonic-integrated MEMS inertial sensing. We will consider all applicants with relevant experience, especially those with degrees in physics or electrical engineering. Relevant experience may include the design, modeling, characterization, and/or integration of piezoelectric and/or photonic devices at any scale, or the microfabrication of photonic or RF acoustic devices with aluminum nitride, lithium niobate, or III-V compound semiconductors.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Apply existing knowledge and gain new knowledge toward photonic and/or RF acoustic MEMS technologies.

Conduct research and publish.

Work in a team environment and contribute their knowledge to the team.

Interact with other scientists and engineers to solve technical problems.

This postdoctoral appointment is an opportunity to continue an engineer/scientist's early career growth. The desired characteristics below represent both potential starting points and opportunities for growth in this position.


A recent Ph.D. in physics or electrical engineering, or a related science or engineering discipline.

Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance.


Chip-scale photonics

Piezoelectric microsystems

Microfabrication and integration

Multiphysics finite element analysis tools

Technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team

Adaptability to changing tasks and projects as needed

Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment

The addition of diversity to the department through background, experience, interests, etc.

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 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 L-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 L-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

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.

Updated 05/16/2018

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Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Sandia Corporation operates Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and organizations.

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