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Sandia National Laboratories Cloud Security Architect (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


The Field Intelligence Element Cyber Special Programs Organization is seeking a highly motivated and driven Cyber Assurance Architect to design and maintain security architectures for private cloud based systems, implement technical security controls for large physical systems with unique security requirements, and architect continuous monitoring solutions and related infrastructure for a diverse portfolio of Strategic Intelligence Partnership Programs.

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

  • Maintain system accreditations for a combination of private cloud, locally-managed, and sponsoring agency-managed enterprise systems and standalone systems/LANs;

  • Provide recommendations to internal and external senior leadership on a regular basis;

  • Interface with external entities including the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community agencies to securely enable new and emerging programs and maintain existing programs;

  • Design and maintain technical solutions to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a diverse portfolio of information systems;

  • Develop and manage integrated solution roadmaps;

  • Identify architectural risk and propose alternatives.


  • Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field, plus five years' related experience; or experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge skills and ability to perform the duties of the job.

  • Ability to apply and develop cyber security standards, directives, guidance and policies to an architectural framework;

  • Knowledge of and experience with operating systems to include Windows and Linux;

  • Knowledge of and experience with networking;

  • Knowledge of and experience with Risk Management Framework;

  • Hands-on experience in interpreting, implementing, and maintaining NIST 800-53 technical security controls;

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance and SAP Access (Special Access Program), both typically requiring a polygraph test.


  • Masters degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field;

  • Experience with cloud computing infrastructure (i.e. AWS, DoD Fences);

  • Experience working in a US Government or government contractor cyber security program;

  • Experience implementing and maintaining continuous monitoring architectures (i.e. Splunk, Nessus, Security Center);

  • Experience with Special Access Programs;

  • Hands-on experience in obtaining and maintaining information system accreditations under the Joint Special Access Program Implementation Guide (JSIG) and/or Intelligence Community Directive 503;

  • Active Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) security certification;

  • Experience with Sandia's cyber security requirements, developing and managing security plans;

  • Active SCI clearance.

    Department Description:

The FIE Cyber Special Programs Department supports the Field Intelligence Element mission by delivering capabilities around information system hardening/accreditation, vulnerability assessment, risk management and forensics with a particular focus on mitigating cyber threats. The Cyber Security staff, consisting of Information Systems Security Managers (ISSMs), Information Systems Security Officers (ISSOs), Alternate ISSOs (AISSOs), and Information Systems Security Engineers (ISSEs), provide effective technical solutions for DOE, DOD and the Intelligence Community.

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 schedules, generous vacations, strong medical 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.