Postdoctoral Appointee - Hybrid Quantum Systems Engineering

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7079242 (Ref:676662)

Posted: May 29, 2021

Job Description

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. : Organization 05219, MEMS Technologies, is seeking a postdoctoral appointee to conduct experimental research in hybrid quantum systems that manipulate quantum information shared between electrons, photons, and phonons in various forms and physical systems. The team’s research vision is to scientifically understand the physics of the transduction of quantum information between a variety of systems that interact via the aforementioned particles to improve quantum information processing and sensing capabilities. Successful applicants will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in an exciting research environment with outstanding respect for quality of life! Ideal candidates will have experience in designing, building, characterizing, and manipulating quantum information in physical systems based on any qubit technology. However, expertise in photonic (optical or RF), phononic, and electronic microsystems and devices with interest in quantum information systems and a strong general physics background will also be considered. Selected candidates will be given the opportunity to learn missing vital skills from the rest of the team. The successful candidate will thus acquire extensive knowledge in quantum information processing and quantum transduction regardless of their incoming knowledge base, as well as gain exposure to a large network of internal and external collaborators (university and industry). On a given day, one may be called upon to: + Apply existing knowledge and gain new knowledge toward photonic, phononic, nano-optomechanical, or RF (superconducting) quantum microsystems. + Conduct research and publish + Work in a team environment and contribute your knowledge to the team + Interact with other scientists and engineers to solve technical problems This postdoctoral appointment is an opportunity to continue an engineer/scientist’s emerging growth. The desired characteristics below represent both potential starting points and opportunities for growth in this position.

+ A PhD in physics, electrical engineering, or a related STEM field, conferred within five years prior to employment + The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE-L level security clearance

Ideally, one's background would include experience with some of the following: + Quantum devices or systems + Chip-scale photonics or phononics + Piezoelectric microsystems + Superconducting circuits + RF microsystems + Microfabrication and integration + Multiphysics finite element analysis tools Also ideally, one would possess the following qualities: + A technical background and eagerness to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team + Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed + Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions + Excellent interpersonal and communication skills + An eagerness to work and share 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 ( 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 new 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 ambitious spirit. We embrace 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 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:

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 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 the 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.

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.

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