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Mechanical Transduction Postdoctoral Appointee

Albuquerque, NM 87102

We are seeking a POSTDOCTORAL APPOINTEE to join our multifaceted research team to work in Mechanical Transduction. If you have experience in this field, please apply.

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

+ Perform ground breaking research in novel mechanical transduction technologies for sensing, communication, power transmission, and other national security applications.
+ Design, simulate, fabricate, and/or characterize novel devices, materials, and systems
+ Study new physics phenomenon, evaluate and apply new concepts, and build first-time demonstrations
+ Report research results in top-tier journals and conferences
+ Generate new intellectual property through patent filing


+ Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or other related technical areas, conferred within one to five years prior to employment
+ Experimental measurement experience, including expertise in instrumentations and techniques for mechanical characterization
+ Experience in finite element method tools, such as COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink, or similar packages
+ Ability to perform original research, proven through a record of invention, original publication in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance.


Ideally, we would like to see some of the following experience in your background:

+ Experience in the design and simulation of mechanical metamaterials, phononic crystals, novel mechanical structures and material with commercial and custom codes
+ Experience in calculating dispersion diagrams and wave propagation in complex media
+ Expertise mechanical wave damping
+ Expertise in Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) modeling and measurements
+ Familiar with a wide range of materials including plastic, metallic, piezoelectric, and magnetic materials, as well as manufacturing techniques
+ Experience in KHz-MHz mechanical test and characterization techniques (such as laser vibrometry), associated instrumentation, detectors, and spectroscopies
+ Knowledge of mechanical non-destructive evaluation techniques
+ Familiar with numerical techniques for optimization and sensitivity analysis and Solid state physics and phenomena
+ Self-motivated, with strong communications skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Department Description:

The Photonic and Photonic Microsystems Department develops and matures state of the art photonic and phononic technologies for a variety of national security purposes. Our team of interdisciplinary researchers innovates, develops, and applies novel technologies including silicon photonics, nanophotonics, optomechanics, metamaterials, plasmonics, optical detectors, guided wave optics, and mechanical transduction.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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.

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.

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.


Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.


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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-12-18 Expires: 2021-01-17

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