Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer-Test Range Systems Development (Experienced) in Tonopah, Nevada


We are seeking a R&D Engineer to join us as a member of the Research and Development and Integration project team. The successful candidate will work to design and develop integrated control systems and provide data reduction processing and report generation to ensure the successful completion of the Laboratories’ flight test mission. Members of this team are responsible to the Range Manager for activities that maintain the Range’s suite of instrumentation in a test ready status. All team members are trained and qualified to perform an operational role during test activities. Each team member is responsible for following established range processes and procedures to ensure that all compliance requirements regarding the operation, facilities and infrastructure are met with quality. Incorporation of all corporate safety and work planning processes are inherent in this activity.

TTR is seeking a systems engineer to contribute in the design, development, and implementation of range integrated control and tracking systems, including radar/optics/telemetry software and hardware integration. A successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to innovate, organize, plan, implement, integrate, and document multiple tasks within given time constraints to successfully meet customer requirements. The position requires working with legacy and COTS testing data capture and sensor systems, all of which must be routinely tested and verified for proper operation before and after test events.

This position requires detailed coordination with the range manager (or his delegate) and the customer, to negotiate and define system requirements that enable mission function and performance; develop the system conceptual designs to meet those requirements; and define the necessary subsystems, components, and interfaces to realize the system. Other relevant work duties: design real-time networked data control systems, develop replacement control systems for tracking mounts, and integrate legacy systems into new data capturing infra-structure. Innovate and design new systems to optimize/automate tracking, data collection, and/or telemetry capabilities at the range.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Integrate commercially available hardware solutions into control systems for tracking mounts to support mission requirements;
  • Write control software to facilitate mount operations and collect TSPI (Time Space Position Information) data, and digital video recorded data;
  • Develop software to control/integrate multiple systems in real-time and record data;
  • Participate in testing operations collecting data; diagnosing/resolving system anomalies;
  • Consolidate data from multiple systems post-test, reduce this data producing a customer report containing links to all data from testing operations;
  • Continually update and document system designs and operating procedures.
  • Participate in R&D conceptual system trade studies for Sandia programs.

Basic Position/Inter-Personal Requirements

  • Willingness and ability to live in either Tonopah or Las Vegas, NV.
  • Willingness and ability to remain away from home in a remote location 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Ability to work in both in a team and while demonstrating a professional attitude
  • Ability and willingness to work under a structured Work Planning & Controls process.
  • Knowledge of project management principles.
  • Ability to work under high-stress settings and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, and reports;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including teamwork, time management, initiative, conflict resolution, ability to take instruction/direction, and critical problem solving skills;
  • Ability to understand and operate in accordance with Sandia National Laboratories’ environment, safety, and health policies, practices, and procedures.


  1. Requires a bachelor’s and master’s degree in relevant STEM discipline plus two or more years’ experience; a combination of directly related experience and completed STEM education may also be considered (BS + 6 years exp.; PhD).
  2. Knowledge of, and experience in, designing, constructing, and troubleshooting electrical hardware and data/network circuits.
  3. Demonstrated experience with, and ability to continue learning, the principles of both legacy and COTS technologies and design interfaces to integrate or replace functionality to resolve inter-operability gaps.
  4. Knowledge of, and experience in, designing, planning, and coding user software interfaces and control systems.
  5. Experience compiling, reducing, and generating reports based on collected test data.
  6. Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  1. Five or more years directly related experience.
  2. Experience software coding using LabView and MATLAB development system.
  3. Thorough knowledge of and experience with scoping, designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects.
  4. Ability to perform the integrated technical analyses that underpin the development of a realizable system concept.
  5. Relevant experience working with communication networks, real-time video systems, auto tracking systems, and Ethernet/Fiber networks.
  6. Experience working with Windows operating environment.
  7. Experience with small-scale printed circuit board design and layout.
  8. Experience with any Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software.
  9. Ability to synthesize operational concepts for experimental or exploratory systems to innovate and deliver solutions to customers in mission areas not fully defined or understood.
  10. Demonstrated ability to engage customers and stakeholders in the synthesis of significant systems experiments and to team across disciplines.
  11. Current and active DOE Q-level security clearance.

Department Description:

Department 02235 operates the Tonopah Test Range for the National Nuclear Security Administration under Sandia’s Prime contract. The Department consists of 22 Sandia personnel and 34 contractors responsible for the technical operations associated with the nuclear weapons flight test mission and the maintenance of a 280 square mile integrated test range facility with an instrumentation suite of precision tracking radars, telemetry ground stations, optical tracking mounts, meteorological data systems and numerous pieces of support, test and communications equipment.

The normal work week is Tuesday through Thursday, 13/14 hours a day. Deviations to the normal schedule occur to facilitate mission requirements and may require personnel to remain away from home 4 days and 3 nights or possibly longer at a remote location. Work schedules may change as required to meet organizational needs.

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*

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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