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Postdoctoral Appointee - Quantum Information Scientist

Albuquerque, NM 87102

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to be an outstanding quantum information scientist on our multi-disciplinary team. You will perform research and development in quantum information and quantum sensing using ions trapped with micro-fabricated/chip-based devices. You will work with a team to test ground breaking quantum information ideas in a laboratory setting. You will craft systems able to perform delicate quantum experiments with maximum stability and flexibility.

The Post-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit extraordinary Ph.D. applicants to assist a line organization meet its mission objectives and to provide a professional, technical work environment for you. At Sandia, we recognize that diverse groups are more innovative and better positioned to succeed. We strive to build a workplace where everyone feels empowered to bring their full selves to work, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, neurodiversity, disability status, or any other aspect which makes them unique.


+ A Ph.D. in physics or engineering, which an emphasis on quantum systems
+ Experimental experience with quantum information science, i.e. ion trapping, neutral atom trapping, superconductors, semiconductors, impurities, etc.
+ Experimental experience with lasers, vacuum chamber construction, or cryogenics
+ Skills programming for experimental control software and data analysis
+ A track record of successful execution of research-and-development projects, including project planning, defining milestones, and delivering results on time
+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
+ Meticulous attention to detail
+ The ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance


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

+ Teamwork skills for working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
+ An established authorship and innovation record, such as peer-reviewed scholarly articles, patents, or technical books

Department Description:

The Photonic Microsystems Technologies Department exploits science and technology at the nano and micro scales to enable advances in systems for national security. Our engagement is with a broad spectrum of technologies and a diverse field of customers with a successful record of maturing technology from concept to laboratory demo to prototype. The department consists of teams that lead the development and understanding of quantum effects associated with silicon electronic devices, atomic and molecular gases, and trapped electrons, atoms and ions. Most significantly, with a strong presence in the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (MESA) facility and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and working broadly with other Sandia and external organizations, we fabricate electronic structures and devices that use these effects to achieve new levels of performance at the integrated system level. Core technology areas in the department include nanofabrication of silicon devices; electromagnetic modeling; and ion trap and solid-state quantum information science and technology.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-07-06 Expires: 2020-09-04

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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