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Ground System Site Engineer for Satellite Ground Systems - Denver, CO (Early-Mid Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688758

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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:

$65,300 - $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:

We are seeking an R&D Systems Engineer/Ground System Site Engineer (GSSE). The selected candidate will be a crucial member of the United States Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS) program that supports the United States Space Force in its nuclear detonation detection and monitoring missions. The USNDS system relies on space-based sensor payloads that transmit data to satellite ground systems for mission processing. The role requires a multi-faceted individual who has experience in software systems and hardware platforms. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Serve as the primary Sandia technical interface and primary point of contact to onsite military personnel responsible for the real-time operations of the USNDS missions

  • Manage onsite ground system support to include troubleshooting and resolving issues with mission hardware, software, networking, and ground antenna/receiver issues in a timely manner

  • Share 24/7 on-call support with other GSSEs, and reach back to domain experts at Sandia for abnormal issue resolution

This position will require relocation outside NM (Denver, CO).

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Engineering or relevant or equivalent (AS+4 years' or no degree plus 8 years')

  • Experience determining system status, diagnose problems, and returning the system to operational capability

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q and TS/SCI clearances

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service

  • Solid teaming and analytical skills

  • Experience troubleshooting and maintenance of computer systems

  • Experience with computer hardware, software, networks, and Linux operating system.

  • Familiarity with RF antenna and receiver systems.

  • Technical communication experience, especially experience working with a geographically distributed team

  • Understand the operational approach and have a real passion for service in the national interest

About Our Team:

USNDS Ground Lifecycle Engineering is responsible for the project management, systems engineering, and operations of the satellite ground systems that support the US capability to monitor the earth’s atmosphere and surrounding space for nuclear detonations. This department serves as one of the technical interfaces to the Air Force for projects within the United States Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS) Ground Program, which include the Integrated Correlation and Display System (ICADS) and the Ground NDS Terminal (GNT). In addition, the team works closely with Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) operators to support real-time missions, resolve and analyze anomalies, and define ground system requirements.

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 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.


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: 688758

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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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