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ASIC Product Team Realization Team Lead (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691582

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a self-directed, customer focused individual who has strong interpersonal, teaming, leadership, and analytical skills to become a PRT Lead. Your principal responsibility is the realization (design through qualification) of ASICs and other CMOS microelectronics for Nuclear Weapon (NW) modernization programs. These microelectronics are the primary enabler of agile, responsive weapon development and future advanced system functionality. The ASIC design Agency (DA) PRT is responsible for ASIC development for the W80-4, W87-1, W76-1/2 and W93 programs, as well as various Advanced and Exploratory (A&E) work.

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

  • Provide leadership to ensure the success of the ASIC Product Realization Team (PRT). Ensure timely and effective communication between the PRT, the Major Component (MC) and Systems customers, and management as the primary point-of-contact (POC) for the PRT.

  • Participate in the product realization process, including early engagement in the development phase to define, validate, and clarify requirements for ASICs destined for use in nuclear weapons.

  • Work closely with Sandia Advanced and Exploratory Systems and Systems Analysis groups to understand future threat environments and devise solutions to meet those demands.

  • Coordinate with other organizations to negotiate PRT requirements and work.

  • Identify the resources required to support PRT objectives and collaborate with customers and PRT members to establish work scope and budget.

  • Manage resources to ensure on-time, on-budget deliveries meeting quality objectives.

  • Participate in schedule development using P6 Primavera.

  • Understand and track progress using Earned Value Metrics to measure cost and schedule performance.

  • Work with the PRT to develop comprehensive design, verification, qualification, and production strategies and effectively document and communicate the resulting plans.

  • Write reports, work issues, document design history, and present results/findings to various partners including peer engineers, management, and internal/external customers.

  • Manage the product definition (drawings, specifications, etc.) and analyze data throughout the product life cycle to demonstrate sustained compliance with customer requirements.

  • Anticipate and manage risks, identify viable alternates and lead the technical evaluations and decision-making process.

  • Employ quality management systems and defect prevention techniques throughout the complete realization process (e.g. design for manufacturing, mistake proofing, etc.).

The ASIC PRT has both Design Agency (DA) and Production Agency (PA) responsibilities. You will focus on DA responsibilities in your role in 5254.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 75% of the time.

The Sandia job code title for this position is R&D Electronics Engineer.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in a STEM field plus two (2) or more years’ experience or;

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM plus six (6) years relevant work experience or;

  • PhD in STEM

  • Experience working with microelectronics or with the development Nuclear Weapon components

  • Background includes project management or team leadership experience:

  • developing and managing budgets and schedule

  • identifying and delegating work to be done

  • ensuring timely and quality completion

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering /Computer Engineering or experience in the field of semiconductors

  • Proven teamwork, interpersonal skills, effective leadership, negotiation, delegation, and conflict resolution in diverse team environments

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following integrated circuit processes:

  • Design

  • Fabrication

  • Packaging

  • Electrical test

  • Environmental/radiation testing, burn-in, and/or qualification

  • Experience developing high reliability products for harsh environments, anticipating customer needs, and developing solutions

  • NW Design Agency product realization experience

  • Familiarity with Sandia's Realize Product Procedures and drawing system

  • Formal technical project management training, Project Management Professional (PMP) or Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) certification a plus

  • Ability and willingness to work flex-time and travel on a periodic basis

About Our Team:

The NW ASIC Product Realization department focuses on the delivery and production of digital, analog, and mixed signal application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to the nuclear weapons community. The department maintains expertise on the full NW ASIC product realization process beginning with customer engagement/requirements through product delivery and coordinates all the efforts from design, fabrication, packaging, test, and qualification to realize and ensure a Mark Quality ASIC product delivery. The department also has responsibility for the implementation of all ViArray Structured ASIC products targeting a variety of government applications. Mission success relies on coordination, communication, and documentation. There is exciting new work and a corresponding need for additional support staff. The department works closely with our in-house radiation hardened CMOS technology group, fabrication, packaging, electrical test, external production, and customers, for each product to deliver ASICs that meet our mission goals.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

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.

Job ID: 691582

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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

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