Postdoctoral Appointee - Ultrafast light-matter Interactions in Quantum Materials
Sandia National Laboratories
July 10, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contract - Entry Level
Laser Systems (PL), Nanophotonics (ON), Optical Material Studies (OM)
Years of Experience:
Academia, Research Laboratory, Government/Non-Profit
Are you seeking an opportunity to explore new regimes of light-matter interaction between low energy excitations in quantum materials and plasmonic metasurfaces? If so, consider applying to join our team as a Postdoctoral Appointee at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). In this role, you will collaborate with other CINT postdocs and scientists to perform ultrafast optical and terahertz spectroscopy of quantum materials, particularly in combination with metamaterials and plasmonic structures. The experimental systems available for these projects include several amplified femtosecond laser systems with wavelengths tunable from UV to THz frequencies, as well as a high field 8 T superconducting magnet.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Design and fabricate metasurface samples
Align optics and perform ultrafast laser experiments
Collect and analyze data
Publish and present your research
The Nanostructure Physics department (01881) is one of two departments at Sandia that are a part of CINT. CINT is a Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center operating as a national user facility committed to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. Through its core facility in Albuquerque and gateway facility at Los Alamos, CINT provides users from academia, industry, and government labs, open access to the tools and expertise needed to explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro world. CINT is an equal partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.
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.
PhD, conferred within 5 years prior to employment, in a STEM discipline
Experience in one or more of the following areas: femtosecond optical spectroscopy, terahertz spectroscopy, time-integrated optical spectroscopy (e.g., FTIR and UV-VIS spectroscopy)
Experience in condensed matter physics
Experience with electromagnetic properties of metasurfaces and sample fabrication
Good communication skills as evidenced by a record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences
Knowledge of ultrafast lasers, solid-state physics, and/or nonlinear optics
Experience with Labview software and programming
Experience with data analysis/modeling using MATLAB or similar program(s)
Experience with fundamental physical processes of semiconductor nanostructures, carbon nanostructures, and/or strongly correlated electron materials
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.
Internal Number: 662596
About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.
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