Postdoctoral Appointee - AMO Physicist
Sandia National Laboratories
Job posting number: #7142095 (Ref:689546)
Posted: April 25, 2023
Job DescriptionPosting Duration: 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. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. What Your Job Will Be Like: We are seeking outstanding Postdoctoral Appointees to support research projects developing advanced atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics-based quantum sensors and neutral atom quantum computing systems. The sensing projects include development of compact, low power, fieldable atomic clocks, optically pumped magnetometers for magnetoencephalography applications, electric field sensing with Rydberg atoms and spin polarized neutrons, inertial sensing with atom interferometers, and optical comb development for remote spectroscopy of greenhouse gases. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with a team of physicists and engineers to develop practical (deployable) sensing technologies by overcoming challenges in physics and engineering. + Conduct fundamental research into phenomena relating to quantum sensing and neutral atom quantum computing. + Construct and conduct experiments. + Perform signal processing and data analysis. + Help build and test sensor systems and components. + Attend conferences and meetings. + Publish papers on new scientific and engineering results. + Assist staff in developing new ideas, research directions, and programs. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time. Qualifications We Require: + A PhD in atomic, molecular, optical, or neutron physics or electrical engineering conferred within five (5) years prior to employment. + Experience in one or more of the following areas: + atomic physics + atomic clocks + Rydberg electrometry + optically pumped magnetometry + magnetoencephalography + hyperpolarized noble gas + polarized neutrons + diode laser systems + laser optics + optical alignment + mechanical design + computer control of experiments and electronic equipment Qualifications We Desire: + Track record of successful research and development in AMO-relevant fields + Experience with one or more of the followings: + hot/warm alkali vapor cells + cold-atom atomic physics experiments + trapped ions + magnetoencephalography data collection and processing + Experience with: + laser and optical systems + data acquisition, signal processing, and data analysis + Matlab, Mathematica, Python + Solidworks, Zemax, Comsol + Outstanding academic record + Strong oral, written, interpersonal and organization skills, including the ability to collaborate well in a diverse team environment and develop positive relationships About Our Team: The Atom-Optic Sensing and Electrochemistry Engineering Department leverages a diverse capability set to provide science and technology products to enhance Sandia's national security missions. The department includes a broad set of expertise including atomic physics, micro-optics, x-ray imaging, and electrochemistry/electrodeposition. As part of the Microsystems Engineering Sciences and Applications (MESA) facility, we provide solutions including atomic physics-based sensors; optically pumped magnetometry, electrometry, neutron imaging for E-fields, atom and ion trapping devices and systems; x-ray phase contrast imaging; critical electrochemical materials processes; and unparalleled micro-machined devices. In addition to work for internal Sandia organizations, we have an established record of successful engagement with external customers.
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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.
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. EEO: 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. Job ID: 689546
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.