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Research Scientist, Device Physics

Job Description:

SRI International's Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) performs research across a wide range of disciplines, from novel material development designed at the atomic level to implementation of advanced optical, radar, and imaging systems, transitioning technology from basic R&D to fieldable prototypes.

Our SRI campus in Princeton, NJ has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist within ATSD to support the growth of our activities across a number of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics disciplines including electronic materials and devices, circuit and system design, and optoelectronics and photonics program activity. The position will be part of a close-knit team of applied physicists and engineers working on leading-edge R&D projects to realize proof-of-concept demonstrations for our government and commercial customers. The candidate will be involved in the detailed analysis, design, fabrication, characterization and implementation of advanced devices for prototype electronic, photonic and/or quantum sensing systems. The activity will be very hands-on, operating over a variety of projects spanning from hardware security, through novel imaging and sensing systems, primarily relating to national security.

The candidate must have strong technical knowledge in a subset of electronic and/or optoelectronic materials and devices, mixed-signal electronic circuits and systems, device physics, photonics, advanced fabrication, physical measurements and instrumentation, as well as familiarity with common lab measurement techniques.

A successful applicant should be able to contribute at the individual level, with expected guidance from more senior researchers across SRI, with a goal to develop into a principal investigator of innovative R&D proposals and programs.

The candidate should also possess strong numerical and analytical modeling skills to support process, device or system designs (e.g. Matlab, C++, COMSOL, etc.) and mechanical designs (e.g. SolidWorks). Machine-shop skills is a plus.

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Princeton, NJ

Other Requirements:

--U.S. Citizenship required., --Ability to transfer/obtain/maintain a U.S. government security clearance required. See

Employment Status:

Full Time


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics or equivalent, emerging talent welcome to apply!

  • U.S. Citizenship required

  • Ability to transfer/obtain/maintain a U.S. government security clearance required.

Skills should include a subset of:

  • Strong technical knowledge of principles of semiconductor devices physics, optoelectronics and photonics

  • Strong technical knowledge of principles of electrical engineering, especially electronic materials and devices

  • Experience in analyzing, designing, and testing mixed-signal electronic circuits

  • Familiarity with physical measurements and laboratory instrumentation

  • The physical and chemical basis of micro- and nanofabrication techniques

  • Fabrication of prototype devices within cleanroom environments

  • Physical and mechanical intuition

Additional skills could include:

  • Material characterization and data interpretation (X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, Hall measurement, SEM, AFM)

  • Optical and electronic device testing and characterization

  • Development of advanced characterization test-beds, including instrumentation


SRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Background Check:

Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a background check.

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