Postdoctoral Appointee - Electronic Materials and Devices (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7236401 (Ref:Sa693234)

Posted: May 16, 2024

Job Description

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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about developing new electronic materials and developing devices to support integration of renewable energy resources on the electrical grid? Our team is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct electronic materials characterization, analyzing high-frequency and high electric-field transport in disordered materials. You will be part of a team with expertise including thin-film materials growth, microfabrication, electronic materials characterizations, reliability physics, and electrical grid protection devices.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan and perform electrical transport measurements; collect and analyze data to understand transport physics and material reliability.
  • Work with technical staff to design and validate new testbed architectures.
  • Use CAD electromagnetic modeling software and/or circuit modeling software to design devices and packaging architectures
  • Interact and collaborate with other inter-disciplinary research groups within Sandia to develop new research opportunities and projects
  • Publish professional journal articles and present work at local and national conferences

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Possess, or pursuing, a PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or a closely related field
  • Experience in experimental research involving electronic materials, electrical characterization, or device physics
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills as demonstrated by a record of publications and presentations
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with high frequency (>1 MHz) characterization of materials or devices
  • Experience with high-frequency measurement systems such as impedance analyzers or vector network analyzers
  • Proficiency with data analysis and control software (e.g. MATLAB, LabVIEW)
  • Proficiency with circuit modeling (e.g. SPICE) and or electromagnetic modeling (COMSOL, ANSYS) software
  • Desire to mentor undergraduate or graduate students
  • Candidates must be self-motivated and independent researchers with excellent oral and written communication skills

About Our Team:

The Electronic, Optical and Nanomaterials Department 1816 provides innovation in the design, synthesis and development of advanced, multifunctional materials to satisfy unique needs in electronic, optical, electrochemical, structural and selective-molecular-binding applications. We control chemical and structural characteristics, from the nano- to the micro-scale, in inorganic and hybrid systems to explore new material constructs and strategies aimed at optimizing and expanding material performance. Our efforts support DOE Defense Programs, DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE Electricity Distribution and Energy Reliability offices, other federal agencies and industry. In addition, we pursue partnerships with universities and establish ongoing collaborations with other experts in the field to leverage our research investments while participating in, and contributing to, the international research community. Research thrusts include nanoparticle, nanofiber, and atomic layer deposited materials, thin films, passive and active materials for electronic, magnetic, photonic, electromechanical, and fluidic microsystems, self-assembly, and colloid chemistry.

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.

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 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: 693234

Job Family: 92

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: F



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.


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