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Postdoctoral Appointee for MEMS Technologies - Piezoelectric Sensors
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEES to conduct research and development toward piezoelectric MEMS sensors\. We are interested in applicants with experience in either:

99. \(1\) MEMS design, modeling, characterization, and/or integration, or
99. \(2\) microfabrication, especially with III\-nitride thin films, or
99. \(3\) sensors, especially interface electronics and analog circuit design\.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

+ Apply existing knowledge and gain new knowledge toward piezoelectric MEMS sensors\.
+ Conduct research and publish\.
+ Work in a team environment and contribute their knowledge to the team\.
+ Interact with other engineers and solve technical problems\.

This postdoctoral appointment is an opportunity to continue an engineer/scientist's early career growth\. The desired characteristics below represent both potential starting points and opportunities for growth in this position\.


+ A recent Ph\.D\. in mechanical or electrical engineering, or a related STEM discipline\.
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance


+ Piezoelectric devices, either micro and macro\-scale\.
+ Reactive sputter growth of III\-nitride films\.
+ Sensor interface electronics and analog circuit design\.
+ Acoustics and/or ultrasonics\.
+ Multiphysics finite element analysis tools\.
+ Technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team\.
+ Adaptability to changing tasks and projects as needed\.
+ Problem\-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions\.
+ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills\.
+ Eagerness to work in a multi\-disciplinary team environment\.
+ The addition of diversity to the department through background, experience, interests, etc\.

Department Description:

You will be part of the MEMS Technology Department \(http://mems\.sandia\.gov/\)\. 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 MEMS fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build MEMS with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes\.

MEMS is an interdisciplinary field\. So 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\.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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\.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted security clearance\.

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications\. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to the work site\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE\-granted security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for DOE\-granted security clearances must be U\.S\. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.