Postdoctoral Appointee - Optical Science/Engineering

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7077668 (Ref:676139)

Posted: April 24, 2021

Job Description

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. : We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join our dynamic and hardworking team to support technical research in areas of physics, chemistry, materials science, and optical science/engineering. Are you driven and highly-dedicated? Are you intrigued by the opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, world-class peers for the research, design, fabrication, integration, test, and deployment of novel opto-electronic systems? If so, you may find this work invigorating! The successful candidate will have experience modeling advanced optical systems in commercial solvers (e.g. Zemax/Code V, VirtualLab, COMSOL), a background in developing experimental prototypes for demonstrating novel physical/optical concepts, and a strong analytical skillset for interpreting and presenting collected data. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Tackle complex problems creatively, working both independently and in collaboration with other researchers + Work to better understand light-matter interactions in complex optical systems + Provide feedback and guidance on electronic and mechanical specifications + Test and validate fabricated systems + Support lab and outdoor field testing of electro-optical prototypes + Present results of research at suitable conferences and publish the results in high impact journals

+ Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Sciences or an equivalent field acquired within 5 years prior to employment + Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance

+ Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals + Proven experience with experimental research and technique development + Interest in exploring fundamental phenomena of light-matter interactions in nanoscale devices + Strong theoretical background in Physics and Optics + Experience with commercial sequential ray-tracing programs (e.g., Zemax, Code V, or similar) + Experience with physical optics (e.g. VirtualLab, COMSOL, Lumerical) + Familiarity with Python, Matlab, and Microsoft Office Suite

Department Description:

We have researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities. The Counter-Proliferation R&D group (6775) researches and develops new science applications, models, and technologies to solve the Nation's counter-proliferation challenges. The department combines Optical Physics and Engineering to investigate optical phenomenology, develop models, conduct experiments, and invent prototypical systems to solve the Nation's toughest challenges.

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: *These benefits vary by job classification.

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 Statement:

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.

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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