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Nanophotonic & Microphotonic 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 nanophotonic and microphotonic technologies.


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

  • Support research involving silicon photonics, nanophotonics, nano-opto-mechanics, quantum optics, and/or nonlinear optics.
  • Support research in areas including optical interconnect, optical emitters and detectors, optical-forces in nano-optomechanical waveguide and cavity system.
  • Integrated quantum optical systems, metamaterials, plasmonic and phononic devices, and other optical technologies.
  • Design, simulate, fabricate, and/or characterize novel optical devices, materials, and systems.
  • Study new physics phenomenon and evaluate new concepts.
  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Generate new intellecutal property through patent filing.
Job Requirements

Qualifications We Require

  • You have a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or Science, Physics, or other STEM technical areas, conferred within five years prior to employment.
  • You possess experience in design/simulation of optical metamaterials.
  • Your background includes experience in finite element method tools, such as COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes, etc.
  • You have experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publication in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations.
  • You can obtian a DOE Q security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience in the design and simulation of optical metamaterials.
  • Experience with nonlinear optical measurement techniques and basic theories for treatment of nonlinear phenomena.
  • Experience in IR and terahertz optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors, and spectroscopies.
  • Experience in design and simuation of novel optical structures and materials with commercial and custom codes.
  • Experience in near-infrared optical test and characterization techniques, associated optics, detectors, and spectroscopies.
  • Familiarity with laboratory optical bench optics, electronics, optoelectronics, and safe use of lasers; able to design and carry out laser-based optical experiments.
  • Experience with micro and nano fabrication processes, tools, and metrology.
  • Self-motivated, with strong communication skills and the ability to work both indepedently and in a team environment.
  • Expertise in integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics, solild state physics, materials, or related topics.
12 August 2019
11 September 2019
Research and Development