Integrated Silicon Photonics Postdoctoral Appointee | Sandia National Laboratories

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 Postdoctoral Appointee to join our dynamic team.

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

  • Perform ground-breaking research in silicon photonics through simulation, design, and characterization of novel devices.

  • Implement new concepts in device design, measurement, fabrication, and packaging.

  • Build world-first application demonstrations with photonic devices.

  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences.

  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing as applicable.


  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Optical Science, Physics, or other related STEM technical area conferred within five years prior to employment

  • Demonstrated expertise in integrated photonics simulation, design, and testing, including both passive and active devices

  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics and optical materials

  • Experience in developing or using software for device performance simulations using, for example, COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.

  • Experience 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 L Security Clearance


  • Background in integrated photonics applications such as quantum sensing, networking and computing, LIDAR, imaging, RF photonics, or optical communications

  • Experience in the design and test of optical systems and optical materials, in addition to photonics microsystems

  • Experience with small-scale optical packaging of silicon photonics devices, including co-packaged with electronic chips

  • 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, high-speed oscilloscopes, and testing automation.

  • Experience interfacing electrical components to optical microsystems; examples are modulator drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, and electronic control circuits

  • Knowledge of nonlinear optics

  • Background in radio frequency circuits and systems

  • Background with cryogenic testing equipment and methods

  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment and flexibility to work on multiple projects concurrently

    Department Description:

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

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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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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.

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.

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

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