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Sandia National Laboratories Astrodynamics/SSA/SDA Modeler (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D Systems Engineer to act as an Astrodynamic or Space Domain Awareness (SDA) modeler within the critically important Space Protection mission area. This portfolio needs a dedicated full-time staff member willing and able to work with a multi-disciplinary team to solve unique and complex problems.

The selected candidate will engage in leading edge R&D efforts that 1) identify critical capability shortfalls, 2) develop and architect innovative integrated solutions including SDA sensors, and 3) identify and evaluate existing modeling/simulation capabilities that can be used to support SDA. As part of a coordinated and disciplined approach, concepts will be presented to the Government, along with value propositions and descriptions of how the system impacts the Space Protection mission. The overall objective of SMEPO is to develop funded programs that make national impact and demonstrate, sustain, and enhance Sandia’s space competencies.


  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Aerospace, Computer Science, or Mechanical engineering (or related discipline)
  • Relevant technical experience with modeling and simulation of space-based systems and/or architectures
  • Experience in modeling & simulation verification and validation (V&V)
  • Can obtain a DOE Q clearance with SCI, which may include a polygraph test


  • Satellite payload research, development and engineering
  • Leading government-funded technical R&D projects
  • Interacting with customers and partners
  • Programming in Matlab, Python, or C++
  • Identifying, realizing and developing new project opportunities
  • Experience with DoD and IC Space Domain Awareness / Space Protection / Space Control communities
  • Electro-optical (EO;)/Infrared (IR), radar, and image processing
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Active DOE clearance

Department Description:

We provide architectures and enabling technologies for pathfinding space-based solutions to national security problems. 6353's focus is on expansion and evolution of mission capabilities for the Space Mission Engineering Program and the Science and Technology Advancing Resilience for Contested Space (STARCS) internal research and development campaign. Responsibilities of 6353 are to foster research and develop solutions in the areas of Space Situational/Domain Awareness (SSA/SDA), Space Protection, and Space Control and nurture strategic partnerships with various government agencies, universities, and industry partners operating and supporting space missions.

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:

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  • 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:

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

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.