This job has expired

Manager - Quantum Phenomena Org 1879

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
$135,000 - $229,400
Closing date
Oct 24, 2022

View more

Field of specialization
Engineering, Materials, Physical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Job Details

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.

Salary Range:

$135,000 - $229,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D Science and Engineering Manager to lead the Quantum Phenomena Department (1879) within the Semiconductor, Nano and Quantum Sciences Group (1870). This Manager will lead, mentor, constructively engage and support world class staff, technologists, postdoctoral researchers, and student interns to advance the fundamental understanding and maturation of quantum and mission-related materials for enabling and advancing computational, sensing and other related applications. The manager will help lead engagement of various National Security Program (NSP), Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Mission and AS&T Mission sponsors! One major expectation will be to lead effective R&D teaming with other managers and collaborators for sustaining, evolving, and growing synergistic National Security Program sponsor engagement, providing significant leadership for the Center.

On any given day, you may be called to:

  • Guide and evolve the Department’s R&D direction fostering relevant teaming and fostering an inclusive research environment that encourages scientific and inventive innovation for developing disruptive mission solutions.

  • Serve as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic main POC capable of effectively communicating the Department’s R&D activity to various internal and external parties.

  • Steward, build and enhance the department’s expertise and instrument capabilities.

  • Mentor and develop associated research team members.

  • Constructively coordinate with other relevant managers with the help of the group senior manager to guide the maintenance and development of R&D portfolios that utilize and advance the technical abilities of the research team members.

  • Foster a research environment that supports the positive mentoring, career development and successful teaming of researchers associated with the Department.

  • Work with other staff and managers to build impactful external interactions with other Labs, Universities, Industry, and potential customers.

  • Ensure the safe and secure operation of the Department’s considerable innovative R&D lab and instrument resources, working with others to maintain and update these resources as needed.

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, materials science or related field

  • Six years of proven scientific and/or engineering experience beyond the doctoral degree research experience

  • Demonstration of relevant research skills, teaming and experience evidenced by a track record of peer-reviewed publications in peer-reviewed journals and associated presentations at professional scientific conferences (a list of publications should be included in the CV). This should be coupled with evidence of successful program leadership with relevant research sponsors.

  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Experience with quantum materials, science or engineering or relevant electronics or optical devices and/or materials, preferably with substantial recognition from a relevant scientific community

  • Previous experience managing a Science and Technology (S&T) organization, or the equivalent research team leadership experience

  • Active DOE Q-level or SCI clearance

  • Experience developing new R&D opportunities involving significant R&D sponsor engagement

  • Experience forming trust-based relationships with partners and customers

  • Experience building and leading teams that partner effectively and deliver results

  • Demonstrated dedication to Sandia values (serve the nation, respect each other, act with integrity, deliver with excellence team for great results) and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Demonstrated interest in people and organizational management, with experience mentoring and guiding the career development of associates

  • Ability to work effectively with others towards leading strategic planning and the creation and execution of actionable roadmaps with measurable metrics for success

  • Experience successfully managing basic science research or mission-inspired R&D for National Security, interacting as needed with the broader materials science community

  • Experience as a customer or sponsor liaison to foster broad applications of materials science to mission needs, representing relevant Sandia S&T activity to internal and external sponsors as needed

  • Ability to demonstrate examples of how to successfully exercise critical thinking on a wide range of technical and nontechnical problems

  • Experience ensuring the management of safe and secure experimental materials chemistry or electrochemistry lab operations

About Our Team:

The Quantum Phenomena Department is part of the Material, Physical, Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories which advances scientific knowledge in support of Sandia's national security mission. We provide science-based solutions to meet the needs of various relevant offices within the Department of Energy as well as other relevant government agencies. Our work spans the spectrum from fundamental research to state-of-the-art applications. This department has broad range of research programs that include theory and experiment relating to quantum-based computation, communication, and fundamental science. Research topics in this department include quantum transport, quantum materials, quantum optics, as well as work on superconducting materials and devices. There is also significant R&D equipment in non-quantum advanced electronic materials for sensing and other NSP engagement. We have ongoing work on the physics of quantum dots, quantum wells, topological insulators, and 2D materials and interfaces. The Quantum Phenomena Department at Sandia has a long history of performing cutting-edge basic research on the transmission and manipulation of quantum-based information.

The Semiconductor, Nanoscale, and Quantum Sciences Group, within the Materials, Physical and Chemical Sciences Center, provides recognized R&D leadership and subject matter expertise for:

  • The design, growth, processing, and characterization of next-generation wide-bandgap semiconductor materials and devices for power switching, radio-frequency, and optoelectronic applications

  • The evaluation and development of emerging electronic and optical materials and devices

  • Advancing the understanding and engineering of nanoscale materials behavior for enabling advanced ferroic, dielectric, electronic, sensing, energy storage, and electrochemical applications

  • Advancing the understanding and engineering of quantum and superconducting materials and devices. We partner with other groups across Sandia, other government agencies, universities, and industry to accelerate innovative solutions for some of our nation’s most compelling national security challenges.

    Our team is committed to nurturing a culture 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.

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 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.


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.

Job ID: 685884


Sandia employs about 8,500 people and manages about $2.3 billion of work annually. We are funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of Energy with other major funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Today, the nearly 300 million Americans depend on Sandia's technology solutions to solve national and global threats to peace and freedom. Sandia has two main sites; our headquarters are located in Albuquerque, NM. We also have about 900 employees located at Livermore, CA. Both sites conduct leading-edge research to support national defense, homeland security, and our energy infrastructure.

Find Us
PO Box 5800
MS: 1515
New Mexico
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert