Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Researcher - Micro and Nano Technology

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106904
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: March 09 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!


We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in our Micro & Nano Technology Section (MNTS).  You will collaborate with a team of engineers and scientists to complete research and development projects on selected topics/areas within micro/nano-fabrication processes, covering dielectrics, semiconductors, ceramics and metals for optical spectroscopy, chem-bio sensing, and data processing in harsh environments exploiting optical microdevices and integrated photonics/plasmonics.  The results are expected to be published in reference journals and presented at conferences. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in and development of novel technologies in the context of materials for optical micro and nano resonators, optical IR and Raman enhanced micro and nano-sensors for harsh environments, functional metamaterials and thin films coatings for detection and flat optics, and other optical and electronic devices.
- Fabricate and characterize designed materials, devices and systems to validate the theory.
- Simulate optical response and propagation in a variety of semiconductor materials and devices.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research.
- Work closely with engineers, technicians, and integration experts from LLNL and its sponsors in all aspects of device and system development.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Optical Engineering, Applied Science, or related field.
- Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: micro-optics, micro resonators, photonics, plasmonic, IR and Raman spectroscopy, semiconductor devices.
- Knowledge of semiconductor, ceramics and dielectric fabrication processes (lithography, sputtering, e-beam deposition, thermal evaporation, lapping and polishing, wet and dry etching techniques, thin film and nanoparticles synthesis and deposition, nanofabrication, nano structuring, e-beam writing) and diagnostics (AFM, SEM, XPS, EDX, SIMS).
- Experience with: 1) optical characterization techniques (UV-VIS spectroscopy, refractometry, ellipsometry, optical alignment, loss characterization); 2) software for test I/O controls, image processing and data reduction (LabVIEW, MATLAB, multivariate statistical analysis) and 3) optical modeling techniques/software (like COMSOL, RSOFT, LUMERICAL, etc.)
- Experience with experimental design, data acquisition, programming, and device characterization.
- Ability to perform as a creative experimentalist and to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature, with experience in writing technical reports and journal articles.
- Effective initiative, interpersonal skills to succeed in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team along with proficient verbal and written communication skills to present and explain technical information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a one year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.


About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.