Electrical Engineer or Physicist – UNM Intern

Job Description

The program is seeking a self-motivated, productive, results-oriented student in an Electrical Engineering or Physics program to directly support scientists and engineers perform characterization of visible through long-wavelength infrared detectors and materials in a fast-paced, highly-agile, team environment. Characterization methods before and after irradiation include dark current-voltage, photocurrent-voltage, capacitance-voltage, spectral photoresponse, quantum efficiency, time-resolved microwave reflectance decay, deep-level transient spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, and noise spectroscopy. The candidate will contribute to bench-level experimental research associated with advancing visible through long-wavelength infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. Knowledge of software such as MATLAB®, LabVIEW, C++, and/or Visual Basic a plus.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Individual will be directly mentored on laboratory tasks and will perform them under close
      supervision until adequate capability to complete is demonstrated, at which point the
      individual will lead these specific aspects of the day-to-day operation and contribution to
      bench-level experimental research

  • - Some example tasks in which the individual will be directly mentored on how to complete
      may include filling of Dewars with cryogens, measuring objects sizes and making drawings,
      laboratory equipment setup and tear down as part of characterization underway, tabulating
      and organizing data, providing troubleshooting of equipment and characterization tools and
      similar hands-on tasks

  • - Individual shall be hands-on, results-oriented and able to take direction from other group


  • - Ethical conduct

  • - Strong attention to detail

  • - Strategic thinking

  • - Organizational skills

  • - Self-starter

  • - Self-organizing

  • - Can quickly grasp new concepts and processes

  • - Written and spoken communication

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional/secure office environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines and other equipment as needed.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a year-round part-time, but temporary, internship. Days and hours of work are 20-hrs/week during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position occasionally requires long hours and weekend work.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in relevant Science area of study
      (Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials, etc.) at the University of New Mexico

  • - U.S. Citizen able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance

  • - Good organizational skills and ability to work independently, seeking support from team
      members when required

  • - All work is to be done in a laboratory environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made
      to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Primary Location: 

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available: 


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