Postdoctoral Appointee - Microelectronics
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7180946 (Ref #: 691120)
- Posting Date: Sep 20, 2023
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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: We seek a self-motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to advance existing projects while advancing their career through peer-reviewed publications and presentations, as well as internal and external interactions. Example of research areas pertinent to this job include: RF MEMS, ferroelectric microelectronic devices, memory logic architectures, and thin film materials development relevant to the aforementioned areas. A significant amount of coordination with other staff and technologists is required to deliver on research efforts. You will be expected to meet and coordinate with the teams fabricating, characterizing, and measuring the devices, in addition to members who provide simulation of device behavior. In this highly collaborative environment, excellent teaming and communications skills are a requirement for success. On any given day, you may be called upon to: + Advance Sandia’s proficiency in piezoelectric RF MEMS and ferroelectric devices by performing research and developing novel approaches to current research challenges. + Multiphysics modeling of novel devices. + Aid in the R&D of new thin film materials that align with research efforts. + Assist in the R&D of new microelectronic devices through electrical testing. + Interact with internal and external expertise on device design, fabrication, and testing. + Author peer-reviewed journal papers and present at relevant conferences. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Electrical, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or relevant field conferred within five (5) years prior to employment + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience performing original research, as demonstrated by a record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals + Ability to conceive and propose ideas for process improvement, troubleshooting, and new capability development + Proven interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate, explain, and educate others + Ability to work independently and in teams + Experience in one or more of the following: + Microelectronics fabrication equipment and integration + Materials characterization equipment such as: SEM, XPS, XRD, TOF-SIMS, AFM, TEM + Electrical measurements such as: CV, IV, vector network analyzer, and ferroelectric polarization measurements + Fabrication of nanoscale devices (piezoelectric, ferroelectric, superconducting, semiconductor, etc.) + Building and/or maintaining ultrahigh vacuum systems About Our Team: 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 semiconductor device fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build devices with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes. 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. Posting Duration: 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.
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 Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. EEO: 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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Position Information: 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. Job ID: 691120
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.