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Ion Beam Laboratory Scientist (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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We are seeking a mid-career staff scientist with expertise and interest in using ion/neutron irradiation to explore the following: radiation effects in semiconductor materials and devices, novel ion beam techniques for material characterization and material science using defect engineering. Join our multidisciplinary team performing state-of-the-art experiments and modeling based around our ion accelerator capabilities.

This position will support three key areas of research in the Ion Beam Laboratory:

  1. Ion beam-based nanoscale fabrication and characterization: Supporting on-going projects in nanofabrication and radiation effects testing in groundbreaking materials and devices using a range of focused ion beam implantation capabilities from two mass separated focused ion beam systems with<10 nm resolution to multiple high energy microbeams with 150 nm to 1 mm resolution. These systems represent a set of unique capabilities found only at Sandia National Laboratories enabling state-of-the-art research.
  2. Ion beam irradiation of semiconductor materials: Supporting a series of ongoing projects using heavy ion irradiations to simulate neutron displacement damage studies and combined ion plus electron irradiations to simulate a combined neutron plus gamma environment. These two capabilities allow Sandia’s Ion Beam Laboratory to provide unprecedented simulation capability and explore the fundamental science questions surrounding radiation induced defects in a wide range of semiconductors from Si, SiC, GaN, AlGaN, etc….
  3. Monoenergetic neutron irradiation effects testing and calibration: Supporting on-going projects on the development of enhanced 2.5 MeV and 14 MeV monoenergetic neutron production. These capabilities are used for both radiation effects testing and neutron detector calibrations supporting national security mission needs.

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

Develop new research programs utilizing the capabilities of Sandia’s Ion Beam Laboratory to address critical mission needs. For example, the development of new and enhanced experimental and modeling capabilities to understand and predict radiation response in semiconductor materials and devices

Perform experiments and collaborate with diverse groups working with a wide array of predictive modeling, device fabrication and in-house material/device testing capabilities including in-situ techniques such as deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS), photoluminescence (PL), electroluminescence (EL), transient microwave reflectance (TMR), electron and ion beam induced charge collection (EBIC and IBIC) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Generate research publications and present at leading technical conferences.

Sandia Job Title: R&D S&E Physics

Department Description:

The Radiation-Solid Interaction Department operates the Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL). This state-of-the-art facility houses 6 major accelerators: a 6 MV Tandem, a 3 MV Pelletron, a 400 kV implanter, 35 kV Helium Ion Microscope and both a 35 kV and 100 kV mass velolity filter focused ion beam with<10nm spot sizes. Other experimental facilities include micro beam lines on all the major accelerators. The IBL engages in three major research thrusts:

  1. Understanding the performance of materials in radiation environments. These projects impact the performance of microelectronics in space and other hostile environments, as well as cladding materials in nuclear reactor and storage environments.
  2. Developing and applying novel ion beam techniques to precisely measure materials compositions. Applications in this area include mapping hydrogen isotopes in fusion wall material and measuring the composition of thin complex materials such as transition metal oxides.
  3. Exploring the materials science of defects in solids. This broad area includes single ion implants for quantum applications, anomalous grain growth in nanograined materials, hydride formation under irradiation, and nanomechanical responses of materials.

In each thrust the department provides unrivaled capabilities to multidisciplinary teams with an interest in publishing high quality research and applying the results to problems of national interest.

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 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.

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.



  • Master's or PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field plus 5 or more years of on-the-job experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed professional journals and presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
  • Experience leading research project as evidenced by track record of acquiring funding from either internal or external agencies and conduct independent research
  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field
  • Research background with defects in semiconductors devices and materials, semiconductor device physics, and/or TCAD modeling of devices
  • Experience using ion beams (100keV – multi-MeV) for materials analysis, modification and/or radiation effects testing
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, Visual C and LabView or experience with software-hardware interaction
  • Experience with developing safe operating procedures for potentially high hazard systems and/or operations in a multi-user facility
  • Upbeat, hard working person who is passionate about problem solving with superb analytical skills

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 Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


Posted: 2020-07-23 Expires: 2020-08-22

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