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Aero NGC&S Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688195

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

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If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Organization 05444, NGC&S Advanced Development, is currently seeking an R&D Aeronautical Engineer with navigation, guidance, and control, sensing, and modeling and simulation interests and related experience.

This position seeks aerospace engineering expertise for the development, implementation, and testing of flight control systems for hypersonic flight vehicle applications.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Work as part of integrated multi-disciplinary teams, providing technology solutions and support to aerospace related military systems of the future

  • Function as a member of a multidisciplinary team and demonstrate a positive demeanor towards collaboration

This position requires moderate travel in support of customer interactions and flight testing of vehicle prototype flight control system applications.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Emphasis; or an Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above

  • Experience using high level programming languages, such as C, C++, and Java

  • Documented coursework completion in the field of Aerospace flight mechanics and aero-control design

  • Documented coursework in Aerodynamics

  • The ability to occasionally travel

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • An academic background in guidance algorithmic approaches, such as Proportional Navigation

  • Experience with simulation tools (e.g. Mathworks Matlab, Simulink, and Simulink Real-Time)

  • A working knowledge of structural dynamics

  • Experience with navigation systems, including both GPS and inertial

  • A strong background in Spacecraft Dynamical systems theory and related Mod/Sim applications experience

  • Modeling and simulation of complex dynamical systems, such as thrust vector control servomechanisms

  • Experience with electrical avionic components and related system implementations

  • Experience with digital computer methods for numerical solutions of partial differential equations

  • Documented coursework completion in the study of aerodynamics

  • General knowledge and experience with the application of Systems Engineering concepts

  • Writing skills demonstrated through professional publications

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Proficient with using Mathworks Matlab script

  • Knowledge of Kalman filter (estimation) theory and signal processing techniques

  • Hands-on experience using Simulink to implement 6DOF simulations for flight vehicle applications

  • Mechanical design skills related to aerospace systems structures and avionic components

  • A general background in Model-based Systems Engineering

  • Experience with deploying simulations on parallel or cluster computer configurations

  • Applications experience with industry standard Government Off the Shelf (GOTS) and commercial software commodities, such as GMAT, SIMDIS, and GIANT

  • Missile system integration test and evaluation experience

  • Familiarity with Model-based Systems Engineering concepts

  • Familiarity with real time embedded software development

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

About Our Team:

The Navigation Guidance and Control and Sensing (NGC&S) Department, 05444, provides technology solutions and support to development projects within the Integrated Military Systems Program at Sandia. Hardware and software technologies are developed, integrated, and tested to provide flight control solutions for missiles and hypersonic reentry platform applications. Typically, these systems support the Missile Defense Agency, Army, Navy, and other Department of Defense Agencies. We are focused on maturing next-generation technologies and our applications cover a broad spectrum of applications including GPS and inertial navigation, alternative-navigation sensors, communication and flight termination systems, advanced aerodynamically controlled vehicles, maneuvering hypersonic vehicles, and ballistic missile systems. Related applications require the extensive use of real time embedded computers and custom real-time software for the realization of fully integrated flight control system solutions. The NGC group is significantly involved in modeling and simulation activities in support of these same application areas. The department strives to provide leadership to the Laboratory and the Nation in the creative development, use, and application of both NGC and mod/sim technologies. The NGC Department staff pride themselves in team accomplishments professional development, and the mentorship of others.

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical 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:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 688195

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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