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Circuit Engineer (Experienced) Hybrid

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693468

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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’re seeking a Integrated Circuit (IC) Physical Layout Engineer to join our team. Our group develops products for DOE weapons and satellite systems, the intelligence community, high energy physics research, and trusted microelectronics applications. We’re searching for a teammate with deep curiosity, commitment and collaboration that utilizes advanced CAD tools and CMOS semiconductor technologies to support IC product development.

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

  • Perform:

  • IC physical layout on complex, advanced node mixed-signal designs in accordance with foundry design rules to ensure products are manufacturable, reliable and will meet all electrical performance requirements.

  • PCB layout for test boards for the ICs you help realize.

  • Develop:

  • Custom analog and mixed signal ICs, microprocessors, field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), digital signal processors, SRAMs, NVMs, high performance and communication devices.

  • Test methodologies for IC verification, working with test engineering to ensure characterization and validation of all functional requirements.

  • Targeted behavioral simulation testbenches and associated test scripts.

  • Light electrical laboratory test setup planning, design and circuit debugging.

The selected applicant can work a combination of onsite and offsite work. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

*The Sandia job code title for this position is E&O Product Design Engineer.

Salary Range:

$95,400 - $185,700

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology or Computer Engineering

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in any of the following:

  • IC layout using Cadence, Siemens, and/or Synopsys EDA tools

  • Custom integrated circuit design

  • Integrated circuit verification (e.g. LVS, DRC, PEX)

  • Electrical test and debug

  • PCB layout

  • Scripting (Python, Jump or Matlab in particular)

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with any of the following:

  • Laying out custom mixed signal circuitry at advanced FinFET nodes especially including GlobalFoundries 12nm and TSMC 7nm processes

  • RF circuit design and layout including non-CMOS processes (e.g. GaN)

  • Analog/mixed-signal IC design

  • Behavioral testbenches

  • Design for Test (DFT) methodologies including BIST and ATPG

  • Digital Memories including modern Error Correcting Codes

  • High speed communication protocols

  • Radiation mitigation techniques

  • Laboratory test equipment (oscilloscopes, waveform generators, power supplies, etc)

  • Advanced packaging, especially C4 (controlled collapse chip connection) flip-chip and copper pillar flip-chip

  • Demonstrated ability to diagnose and debug integrated circuits in a laboratory environment, including data evaluation and interpretation

  • Development and delivery of presentations, proposals, reports, and design history documentation

  • Proven teamwork, effective leadership, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills in diverse team environments

About Our Team:

The Advanced CMOS Products and Design department develops and maintains digital, analog, and mixed-signal design and realization expertise. We have a deep understanding of technology offerings and design methodologies to provide custom microelectronic products and engineering services that fulfill the diverse needs of our customers including weapons systems, satellite systems, the intelligence community, armed services, other government agencies, the Sandia research community, and commercial industry.

We are a Category 1A accredited Defense MicroElectronics Activity (DMEA) Trusted Design Center. We provide ASIC Design Services in both radiation-hardened and non-radiation-hardened Foundries (350nm, 180nm, 130nm, 90nm, 65nm, 45nm, 32nm, 14nm, and 7nm). We are also involved in microelectronics research and development for next generation microelectronics in support of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) and external sponsors. In addition to IC product development, the department works closely with our in-house radiation hardened CMOS technology group to maintain state-of-the-art radiation-hardened CMOS research, design, and production capability.

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: 693468

Job Family: EN

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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