Sandia National Laboratories Product Design Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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We are seeking a Product Design Engineer to join the Advanced Radio Frequency Applications department to research, develop, evaluate and deploy specialized RF systems.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems for implementing and integrating engineering solutions.
  • Produce design, model, and product definition of complex objects.
  • Determine product requirements based on user needs.
  • Use CAD application software to develop electrical or mechanical design concepts.
  • Create the design definition documentation utilizing Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) ensuring that the design can be effectively manufactured and inspected.
  • Evaluate design options using optimization techniques.
  • Specify materials, equipment, and supplies required to complete product development and evaluate vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.
  • Establish and review design methods and procedures and prepare design specifications, analyses, and recommendations for presentation and approval.
  • Assist in the end-to-end process to successfully deploy a product to the field, including robust documentation, end-user demonstration and training.
  • This position requires some travel for technical interactions and field testing.

Required:

  • BS Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering.
  • Experience with Printed Circuit Board design, layout, fabrication and testing.
  • Experience with general laboratory diagnostics and test equipment.
  • Educational background or relevant experience in at least three of the following areas:

  • RF/Analog circuit design.

  • Digital circuit design.
  • Communications Systems.
  • RADAR.
  • Signal Processing.
  • Embedded Systems (Hardware/Software).
  • Firmware implementation of signal processing algorithms on FPGAs or DSPs.
  • Type the list of Required Skills.

Desired:

  • Cumulative BS GPA 3.70/4.00.
  • Motivation to contribute to US National Security.
  • Laboratory skills and knowledge of Radio Frequency test equipment.
  • Demonstrated field test experience.
  • Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink or equivalent (Octave).
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (Perl, Ruby, Python).
  • Knowledge of system and circuit EDA tools.
  • Knowledge of high-level programming language(s).
  • Knowledge of RF Communications, RADAR, or EW systems and principles.
  • Hardware level signal processing experience (FPGA, DSP, or GPU).
  • Active US Government security clearance.
  • Ability to work independently and on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

Department Description:

The Advanced Radio Frequency Applications department researches, develops, evaluates and deploys specialized RF systems for a number of national security applications including space based, airborne, and terrestrial RF communications, Command and Control (C2), remote sensing, nontraditional Electronic Counter Measures / Electronic Warfare (ECM/EW), and specialized Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL) systems. Members of the department have broadly varying skills including RF/microwave circuit and system design, antenna design, digital signal processing, embedded system hardware and software, digital system design, operational field-testing development/support, and program/project management. Design challenges include highly miniaturized electronic system design, communication system architecture, ultra-low size, weight, and power (SWaP) hardware, ultra-low-noise receivers, and signal extraction/classification techniques in low Signal-to-Noise-Ratio environments. We are tightly integrated with other departments in the Advanced RF Applications business area and regularly partner across organizational boundaries internal and external to SNL, to include working closely with Government/Military partners to consistently deliver high-impact solutions to some of our nation’s most difficult national security problems.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a SCI security clearance.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT