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Sandia National Laboratories Cybersecurity (Experienced) 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.


We are seeking cyber security professionals with experience in Data Analytics, System Internals, and/or Machine Learning. You will develop and use ever deeper technical knowledge, analysis, assessments and/or development skills on national security systems. Systems of interest will often be non-traditional cyber systems such as mobile, embedded, and/or operational technology. You will be encouraged to innovate and push past current state-of-the-art techniques.

As part of our team, you may engage in work across the technology spectrum spanning embedded, mobile, and IoT.

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

  • Develop trusted state-of-the-art machine learning, deep learning, and/or data analytic system
  • Reverse engineer complex systems
  • Analyze software & hardware to understand how systems work
  • Complete vulnerability assessments and/or hardening of systems
  • Develop tools to better understand systems of interest
  • Conceptualize, propose, and execute high-risk, multi-year research and development thrusts
  • Build consensus around innovative technical ideas
  • Collaborate, teach, and mentor fellow researchers
  • Collaborate with external organizations in academia, industry, and government
  • Occasionally travel to support current efforts and identify new opportunities for growing our capabilities and impact


  • Master's degree in related field plus 2 years’ experience; or a Doctorate in a related field; or Bachelor’s in a related subject area plus 6 years’ experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Cybersecurity
  • Experience with at least one programming language (C, Python, Assembly, etc.)
  • Active DOE Q and active SCI Clearance or DOD equivalent, required to start


  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Familiarity with mobile handset and infrastructure internal operations
  • Familiarity with high consequence high trust systems
  • Experience with TensorFlow, PyTorch, or other Deep Learning frameworks.
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions
  • Experience in reverse engineering, malware analysis, formal methods, deciphering known and unknown file formats, data structures, and network protocols
  • Experience using analysis, reverse engineering, and debugging tools
  • Experience auditing source code in C, C++, assembly, or other languages
  • Capture-the-flag (CTF) and/or Hack-a-thon experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely (user documentation writing samples may be requested)
  • Experience managing projects and doing external program development
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines on a variety of activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team environment

Department Description:

Sandia’s cybersecurity specialists are key contributors in addressing the country’s most pressing national security needs. The mission of the Information Operations Center is to assess, design, implement and influence the development of national security-related information systems and technologies in support of Defense and Intelligence customers and their national security missions. The Information Operations center consists of approximately 200 R&D technical staff working in most of the subdomains encompassed by the term “cybersecurity”.

Sandia is a world-class leader in cybersecurity. Today, cybersecurity is a daunting national security problem, and we're applying decades of expertise to the task. As the most networked nation on earth, the United States is extremely vulnerable. Through technology and analysis, center 5600 helps secure the nation's critical energy and communications infrastructures against natural and malicious disruption. We assess physical and cyber vulnerabilities and conduct large-scale analyses to understand infrastructure inter-dependencies and guide efforts to improve resiliency. We develop technologies for preventing disruption and improving recovery in vital cyber systems.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) SCI security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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.