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Data Scientist - Mission Systems Analysis (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689918

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $146,200

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

For over 70 years, Sandia National Laboratories has defined and brought into existence some of the most importance scientific and engineering advances in global security. Our 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel work daily on projects that ensure that a peaceful and prosperous world is possible.

Our Mission: To render exceptional service in the national interest, is more than a statement of values – it defines our commitment to the nation and the world to embrace a diverse and inclusive culture that sees only opportunities for collaboration, not boundaries, and to leverage that ethos to advance the United States’ position as global leader and innovator.

To support this mission, we are seeking multiple mission analysis data scientists with a passion for applying an interdisciplinary mindset to solve complex issues of importance to national and global security. These roles offer exciting growth and leadership development opportunities as an integral part of successful delivery of our missions.

Our data scientists are at the forefront of evaluating the performance and efficacy of our missions ensuring the nation’s nuclear deterrence infrastructure operates at a high level of reliability. You can expect to do the following:

  • Collaborate in a multitude of subject areas (systems engineering, data science, physics, computer science, software engineering, math/statistics) to analyze and test mission capabilities using both simulation and operational data.

  • Conduct varying technical duties, including modeling and simulation, data fusion, signal processing, analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, physics, engineering, and data management and visualization.

  • Develop and apply foundational physics, sensing systems, and algorithmic understanding to high consequence systems. A strong existing understanding of classical and electromagnetic physics is critical to success in this position.

    In addition, on any given day you may be called on to:

  • Assess current and future system mission performance through modeling, simulation, and analysis techniques, implementing software solutions to aid in said analyses.

  • Apply understanding of complex systems to analyze, test, and characterize mission capabilities of detection systems.

  • Design and implement high-fidelity test, research, and development endeavors for current and future systems.

  • Apply engineering methods, tools, and techniques and technical judgement to design, maintain, and improve processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality products.

  • Present and document results to peers, program leads, and customers to inform actions/investments.

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

    Our work is broad in character – much like the missions we serve – and we welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and work experiences. We also strongly encourage candidates with backgrounds in other areas of the sciences and engineering with significant data science experience to apply.

    This job will be hired into job title R&D S&E Computer Science.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor's and Master's degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or other relevant STEM field; or Bachelor's degree as stated plus four (4) years directly related experience may also be considered

    Other Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with modeling, simulation, software development, scientific computing, and data analysis

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

Knowledge of or experience with:

  • Full life cycle software systems engineering

  • Full stack software development using modern software development practices and tools

  • Experience with Python, Java, and/or C+

  • + Experience developing critical data processing and analysis systems

  • Ability to work independently and within teams and sub-teams

  • Proven strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to balance and complete multiple tasks and priorities

  • Strong passion for service and can-do response to questions/requests

  • Active Q clearance

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance

About Our Team:

The Software Simulation and Analysis department performs research and development to advance flexible, extensible, and robust large-scale software applications for remote sensing system-level simulation as well as real-time remote sensing ground station data processing that transform data to knowledge enabling our customers to take action with confidence.

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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.

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.

Job ID: 689918

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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