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Postdoctoral Appointee - Infrared Physics
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


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\.


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 helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security?

Our team, The Applied Optical and Plasma Sciences Department is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for studying energy carriers of infrared energy\. You will work closely with Sandia’s highly interdisciplinary Spectral and Thermal Imaging Laboratory \(led by Dr\. Thomas Beechem, tebeech@sandia\.gov\), and will be responsible for the design and characterization of devices possessing highly tunable infrared responses\. The research effort will extend basic understanding of photon\-phonon interactions while also elucidating the means by which such interaction can be leveraged for function\. You will be expected to effectively contribute towards team efforts to publish and present their research results in leading journals and conferences\. Please provide a brief statement of research interests and a list of publications\. It is essential that you have strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills\.

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

+ Be capable of creative problem solving and effective time management skills\.
+ Work independently, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary teaming environment\.


+ PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in engineering, physics, materials science or a related discipline
+ Good communication skills and a robust technical background as evidenced by publication in peer\-reviewed journals
+ Hands\-on laboratory experience and capable of independent and safe laboratory practices


+ Experience with the theory and/or experiments in infrared spectroscopy
+ Expertise in metasurface design, fabrication, or characterization
+ Experience in Raman or Brillouin spectroscopies
+ Strong leadership skills and experience working in a collaborative environment within a multidisciplinary team
+ Experience in any one of the following:
+ Plasmonic device fabrication
+ Advanced computational modeling experience pertaining to optical phenomena \(i\.e\., FDTD, RCWA, Lumerical, COMSOL, etc\.\)
+ Effective communication and interpersonal skills that foster effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers
+ Ability to obtain a DOE L Security Clearance

Department Description:

The department has three main thrust areas: Laser and Optical Diagnostics, Low Temperature Plasma Physics, and Thermal Characterization of Materials\. The Laser and Optical Diagnostics thrust conducts innovative research and application development in LIDAR remote sensing, laser sources and characterization, and optical spectroscopy providing unique, real\-time, non\-contact, in\-situ optical diagnostic capabilities\. The Low Temperature Plasma physics thrust investigates a range of phenomena from fundamental plasma physics to the application of plasma science for understanding device operation\. A tightly coupled group of experimental and computational physicists develop novel experimental diagnostics and advanced computational models targeting plasma\-surface interactions, arc discharge \(vacuum to high pressure\), and complex plasma chemistry\. The Thermal Characterization thrust researches the fundamental thermal properties and decomposition products and pathways of a wide variety of materials experiencing an expansive range of environments\. This work entails both state\-of\-the\-art diagnostics as well as developing custom diagnostics and techniques to provide information on the underlying science of thermal behaviors of materials\.

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:

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\.

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.