Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging of Materials – Postdoctoral Appointee | Sandia National Laboratories


Posted: 24-Feb-22

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Required Education: Doctorate


Engineering and Technology: Engineering

Physics: Physics

Physics: Spectroscopy


Government and National Lab

Work Function:

Postdoctoral Research

Internal Number: 681107

Posting Duration

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.

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What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about the development of novel spectroscopic and imaging approaches to tackle problems in a variety of chemical and materials systems? Join us to begin this exciting and creative research! In this Postdoctoral Appointee role, you will engage in research efforts to extend basic understanding of material-photon-phonon interactions and multi-physical phenomena, elucidate how such interactions can be used for function, and drive innovations in optical imaging that can be applied to a wide range of further materials and microelectronics characterization.

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

  • Perform material and chemical characterization by spectroscopic and electronic measurement techniques including Raman, FTIR, UV-vis, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopies.
  • Use a combination of first-principles simulation and/or lineshape modeling to extract physical information from spectra and to correlate this information with performance metrics and properties of systems including microelectronics, nanomaterials, metamaterials, glasses, optoelectronics, ionic liquids, molten salts, and others.
  • Assist in the design, building, and testing of sophisticated optical imaging systems including miniaturized 3-D imaging and SWIR hyperspectral imaging platforms (optical modeling by ray-tracing, image processing of structured light projections, and building and optimizing prototype demonstration platforms).
  • Design, test, and optimize optical and spectroscopic imaging techniques.
  • Contribute to team efforts to publish and present results in leading journals and conferences.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require

  • PhD, conferred within five years prior to employment, in a STEM field plus a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field
  • Experience using and developing vibrational spectroscopic techniques to identify, examine, and understand material properties and performance
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Optics
  • Motivation and ability to tackle technical problems independently
  • Interpersonal and communication skills encouraging effective scientific collaborations with a diverse population of researchers
  • Proficiency in MATLAB, PYTHON or similar coding environment
  • Proficiency in COMSOL, ZEMAX, VASP, GAUSSIAN
  • Experience designing experiments to provide data analysis, statistics, and use of multivariate analysis techniques, e.g. Principle Component Analysis
  • Experience with the theory and modeling of Raman and resonance Raman scattering
  • Experience building optical systems for imaging or spectroscopy as well as ultrafast spectroscopic techniques (e.g. transient absorption, stimulated Raman, impulsive vibrational spectroscopy, time-domain thermo-reflectance)

About Our Team

The Applied Optical and Plasma Sciences 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 innovative 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 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: http://www.sandia.gov
*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.


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.

Position Information

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.

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