Postdoctoral Appointee - SiC Power Devices

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7104977 (Ref.No. 684355)
Posted: July 8, 2022

Job Description

Posting 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. COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate: Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually. Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700. What Your Job Will Be Like: Our team is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to work on SiC power device design and fabrication. Are you interested in opportunities to augment the existing knowledge of the Wide-Bandgap (WBG) semiconductor Silicon Carbide (SiC)? Our team is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct innovative research on advanced SiC power devices to improve the nation’s energy efficiency. You will be designing these devices using advanced simulation tools, interacting with a commercial SiC foundry to fabricate them, and performing characterization measurements to experimentally validate their performance and reliability. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Assist in the design of SiC power semiconductor devices using simulation tools such as Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) + Interact with a commercial SiC foundry to establish the appropriate process flows to fabricate the devices + Perform electrical and other characterization measurements in the laboratory to verify the performance and reliability of the fabricated devices, and to provide feedback on improving their design for the next round of fabrication + Work with circuit designers to determine device performance needs, and to integrate them into power converters + Publish research results in journal articles and present at professional conferences Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. Qualifications We Require: + Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, materials science, or an equivalent field + Experience in semiconductor device research as evidenced by publications, patents, and/or professional conference presentations + Able to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance Qualifications We Desire: + Experience with the following aspects of semiconductor devices, particularly SiC power devices: TCAD simulation, design of process flows, mask layout, and electrical characterization including data acquisition and analysis + Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams + Familiarity with power electronic circuits such as DC-DC converters and inverters About Our Team: The Semiconductor Material and Device Sciences Department 1873 is engaged in compound semiconductor physics and device research, with parallel, complementary efforts in fundamental science and novel device technologies, within 1800, the Center for Material, Physical, and Chemical sciences. One of several current focus areas is wide-bandgap materials and devices for power electronics and other applications, which have enormous potential for Sandia’s missions. Other ongoing efforts include radiation effects, and defect spectroscopy, blue and UV optoelectronics, nanophotonics, and other novel device concepts.The Department's research uses staff expertise in experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, innovative micro- and nano-fabrication, and advanced material and device characterization and modeling. It partners closely with other organizations, including the Advanced Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials Department 1876, other departments in Centers 1300 and 5200, and university and industry collaborators throughout the world. We make use of innovative growth and fabrication facilities associated with MESA (Sandia's Microsystems Engineering, Science, and Applications complex); scientific facilities at CINT (the joint Sandia / Los Alamos Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies); and staff laboratories with a wide array of characterization equipment. Our team is committed to nurturing an environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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 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:*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 L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. 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: 684355

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.