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Postdoctoral Appointee - Atomic Layer Deposition - Onsite

Employer
Sandia National Laboratories
Location
Alameda, NM
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Sector
Other
Organization Type
Corporate
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:

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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

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What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you passionate about research related to the development of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) films? If so, you could be perfect to join our thin films and coatings team! Our work provides the opportunity to develop creative solutions through inter-disciplinary research that couples materials science, process science and high vacuum technology. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to support the research and development of ALD thin films in support of national security mission needs.

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

Apply fundamental process, physical, and chemical principles to develop novel ALD thin films
Develop and conduct research experiments involving ALD, thin films, vacuum systems, characterization of films, and related technologies
Publish journal articles and present work at local and national conferences

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

Qualifications We Require

Possess, or pursuing, a PhD in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or related STEM field (PhD must be conferred within 5 years prior to employment)
Experience with materials and process characterization techniques, and process-structure-property relationships
Experience with Atomic Layer Deposition
Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance
Qualifications We Desire

Experience with thin film deposition methods, including process research and development and microstructural and mechanical property characterization
Knowledge of functional thin films technology including electrical, optical, and tribological
Hands-on experience with custom built ALD, sputtering, evaporation, and vacuum systems
Excellent ability to translate technical work to a broad audience, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and invited/contributed talks
Experience using CAD programs to design masks and fixtures
Experience using Labview for process control
Ability to work well in a team environment, including strong verbal communication skills and ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds

About Our Team

The Thin Films and Packaging Department 1835 specializes in two areas: (1) developing custom thin films for a variety of dissimilar applications, and (2) advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components.

The thin films team develops novel thin films and coatings for a variety of electrical and mechanical applications and environments. Our group specializes in the development and characterization of sputtered, evaporated, chemical vapor deposited, and atomic layer deposited thin films. We probe fundamental material behaviors to develop films for tribological, optoelectronic, MEMS, microelectronic and other applications in support of the national security mission space.

Our team is committed to ensuring a nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

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

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

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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