Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer - Electromagnetic Effects (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Electrical Engineer to support technical studies involving survivability and vulnerabilities assessments, mission consequence assessments, and EM effects on complex electrical/electronic systems.

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

  • Plan, conduct, and analyze R&D theoretical modeling and experiments at simulator facilities
  • Provide technical reports for program sponsors and customers
  • Support systematic study toward a fuller understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, leading to new approaches to achieve goals
  • Support the creation of new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods
  • Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research
  • Support the research, design, and development of structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions
  • Support development of solutions, products, principles or technology
  • Undertake creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and use this knowledge to devise new applications


  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a STEM discipline with a focus on electromagnetics
  • Academic experience in EMP effects and EMC/EMI analysis and testing
  • Experience writing technical reports or publishing research results
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance


  • Experience in the qualification of nuclear weapons components and systems in stockpile-to-target-sequence electromagnetic environments.
  • Experience in lightning, electrostatic discharge, and plasma effects on complex electrical/electronic systems
  • Understanding of high voltage breakdown phenomenology involved in direct strike lightning and electrostatic discharges.
  • Familiarity in the design of nuclear weapons components and systems
  • Experience in the design and analysis of electromagnetic antennas and instrumentation systems
  • Demonstrated ability to develop enduring programs with government agencies
  • Demonstrated mentoring skills along with the ability to resolve conflicts.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead research in:

  • electrostatic discharge (ESD)

  • electromagnetics (EM)
  • electromagnetic pulse (EMP) research
  • creating and measuring breakdown and arcing phenomena or related plasma physics
  • Demonstrated understanding of

  • pulsed power systems

  • power electronic and electronic systems
  • power systems
  • An active DOE L or Q clearance

Department Description:

Department 1353 is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Work for Other (WFO) Programs. Our capabilities include experimental electromagnetics, the design and manufacturing of advanced power electronics, compact high current drivers, electron beam accelerators, x-ray sources, development and analysis of advanced materials and components, and plasma physics. Department 1353 employs a comprehensive research approach that includes analysis, simulation, and hardware verification.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

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.

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


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE 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.