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Silicon Photonics Research - Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Employer Description

The Photonics and Phononics Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic and phononic technologies for a variety of national security purposes. Our team of interdisciplinary researchers innovates, develops, and applies novel technologies including silicon photonics, nanophotonics, optomechanics, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical detectors, guided wave optics, phononic and thermoelectric technologies, spanning fundamental research and path-finding engineering solutions.

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 schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solild work/life balance.*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov


*These benefits vary by job classification.


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 seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Photonic and Phononic Microsystems Department with an emphasis in silicon photonics technologies.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform focused research in silicon photonics in simulation, design, and experimental characterization of devices.
  • Perform small-scale packaging of silicon photonics devices, sometimes co-packaged with electronic chips.
  • Suggest and implement improvements in device characterization techniques, device design, packaging, and fabrication techniques.
  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing as applicable.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q security clearance.


Job Requirements

Qualifications We Require

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical areas, conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • Experience in the design and test of optical systems, optical materials or devices, or photonics microsystems.
  • Experience in developing or using software for device performance simulation using, for example, COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes, etc.
  • Experience in performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Demonstrated expertise in integrated photonics (in particular, silicon photonics) simulation, design, and testing.
  • Experience in high-speed characterization of devices, electrical probe stations, operation of high-speed and high-frequency test equipment, such as bit error rate test equipment, network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and high-speed oscilloscopes. Additional experience automating characterization experiments is a plus.
  • Experience interfacing electrical components to optical microsystems; examples are modulator drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, and electronic control circuits.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics, optical materials, nonlinear optics, and/or related topics.
  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment and flexibility to work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Active L or Q Clearance.
12 August 2019
11 September 2019
Research and Development