Engineering and Technology: Electrical, Engineering and Technology: Engineering, Physics: Semiconductor
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct leading-edge research on simulation of advanced semiconductor devices. Are you interested in opportunities to augment the existing knowledge of wide- and ultra-wide-bandgap (WBG/UWBG) gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN) high-power devices? Do you want to develop and run simulations of other semiconductor materials and device types as well? If so, you will want to consider this opportunity, where you create models that will be used to improve device design and reliability, and improve the state-of-the-art in semiconductors.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Model the static and dynamic behavior of semiconductor devices
Optimize the design of new device types
Implement the physics of new materials into device simulations
Correlate simulation output to experimental results
Provide circuit designers with device models useful for circuit design and simulation
Publish research results in journal articles and present at technical conferences
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.
About Our Team
The Semiconductor Material and Device Sciences Department 1873 is engaged in compound semiconductor physics and device research, with parallel, complementary efforts in fundamental science and novel device technologies, within 1800, the Center for Material, Physical, and Chemical sciences. One of several current focus areas are III-nitride based materials and devices for power electronics and other applications, which have enormous short-and-long-term potential for Sandia’s national security missions. Other ongoing efforts include quantum nano-wire and nano-dot materials and devices, radiation effects and defect spectroscopy, blue and UV optoelectronics, optical communications, and other novel device concepts.
The Department's research utilizes staff expertise in experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, state-of-the-art nano- and micro-fabrication, and advanced materials and device characterization and modeling. It partners closely with other organizations, including the Advanced Materials Sciences Department 1876, other departments in Centers 1300 and 5200, and university and industry collaborators throughout the world. The Department makes use of state-of-the-art growth and microfabrication facilities associated with MESA (Sandia's Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications complex); scientific facilities at CINT (the joint Sandia / Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies); and staff laboratories with specialized characterization techniques.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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.
Qualifications We Require
PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in electrical engineering, applied physics, materials science, or an equivalent field
Experience in semiconductor device research as evidenced by publications, patents, and/or conference presentations
Expertise in TCAD software, e.g. Silvaco Atlas
Experience with general numerical analysis software, e.g. MATLAB
Record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and/or external presentations at scientific conferences
Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L security clearance
Qualifications We Desire
Experience with laboratory electrical characterization equipment such as semiconductor parameter analyzers and oscilloscopes
Excellent organizational skills
Experience in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team environment
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
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About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is one of the country’s largest research and engineering laboratories, employing 8,100 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.
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