Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories

Position ID: 1902-THEORETICALPHOTONICSPOSTDOC [#19399, 679947]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Appointee in Theoretical Photonics
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Theoretical Photonics
Application Deadline: 2022/02/10 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/01/10, finished 2022/08/13, listed until 2022/02/10)
Position Description:    

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What Your Job Will Be Like

The Nanostructure Physics department at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is searching for a research oriented Postdoctoral Appointee who is passionate about discovery in fundamental science and mathematics with an emphasis on theoretical photonics, real-space definitions of topological invariants, and related computational issues.

Primary point of contact: Alexander Cerjan

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

  • Perform analytic derivations and numerical analyses of abstract physical “toy” models and/or realistic photonic systems
  • Develop new algorithms or for studying topological materials
  • Collaborate with Terry Loring at the Univ. of New Mexico, other university partners (in physics and mathematics), and CINT users
  • Study new physics phenomena and evaluate new concepts with an emphasis on discovering new questions, and beyond simply answering known questions
  • Support research in nanophotonics, quantum optics, metamaterials, plasmonics, and/or nonlinear optics
  • Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences
  • Generate new intellectual property through patent filing

Qualifications We Require

  • Have, or are pursuing, a PhD in physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, electrical engineering, optical engineering or science, or a related field, and you have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)
  • Experience with some subset of: theoretical photonics, topological band theory, local topological invariants, applications of K-theory to physics
  • Experience performing original research, proven through a record of invention, original publications in professional journals, and conference papers and presentations

Qualifications We Desire

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, the ability to work independently and as an integral part of a team conducting theoretical/computational and experimental work, and the ability to interact effectively with other members of a diverse team of specialists.
  • Experience developing or using software for optical simulations for example, Comsol, Matlab/Simulink, FDTD codes etc.
  • Experience with theories for treating of nonlinear phenomena in photonics and/or interactions in condensed matter systems
  • Results-oriented, with strong interpersonal skills to work independently and in a collaborative group environment

About Our Team

The Nanostructure Physics Department is one of two departments at Sandia that are a part of The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (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 at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and the Gateway facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 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.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture 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!

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

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract.  All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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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