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Information Systems Architect (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689629

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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 - $107,800 *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 a highly motivated Information Systems Architect to serve as an engineer and architect for a multidisciplinary team focused on delivering high-impact national security systems. The successful candidate will design and implement systems in the areas of information technology, hyper converged infrastructure, security architectures, network engineering, and software architectures. They will develop solutions to complex problems that require the frequent use of creativity, analysis, and out of the box thinking to solve some of our nation’s most critical security needs. The successful candidate will initially focus on the development of the 7th generation United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS).

On any given day, you will be asked to:

  • Research and prototype solutions based on requirements, fit, and feasibility.

  • Architect solutions and systems to meet operational and development needs.

  • Develop and integrate solutions as a part of a larger operational ground system and development environment to enable national security missions.

  • Install hardware and configure various components of an overall system delivery.

  • Mentor and guide teammates and promote innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking.

  • Think with an enterprise mindset to ensure a complete product is delivered.

  • Troubleshoot architect tier tickets for the various environments.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field; OR equivalent combination of relevant education and experience (AS + 4 years or no degree + 8 years of relevant experience)

  • Experience in architecting complete computer solutions, system design, engineering, and system development, including familiarity with modern DevOps practices and tools.

  • Demonstrable understanding of UNIX, Linux, or Windows Server-based enterprise architectures

  • Knowledge of hardware and operating systems, including system architectures, network infrastructures, and client–server principles

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in related STEM discipline (e.g., Computer Science, Computer Engineering), plus at least 5 years of relevant experience.

  • Experience with the full software development lifecycle using iterative or agile methodologies

  • Experience with automation, orchestration, continuous integration/ continuous delivery including such tools as Ansible, Puppet, Docker, GitLab CI, Jenkins, Nexus, etc.

  • Experience applying Test Driven Development (TDD) principles and automated testing (e.g., Selenium, Cucumber, Gherkin)

  • Experience with common software architectures (e.g., microservices, distributed architecture models, etc.)

  • Experience with container technologies, using tools such as Docker, Kubernetes, etc.

  • Experience with Linux server-based system administration. (e.g., account maintenance, data backups, system performance maintenance, installation and configuration of new hardware/software)

  • Experience reading, interpreting, writing, modifying, and executing scripts (e.g., Python, Bash, PowerShell) on Windows or Unix systems

  • Experience with virtual machines and cloud technologies (e.g., Microsoft Hyper-V, VMWare vSphere, Open Stack, AWS, Azure, etc.)

  • Knowledge of computer networking fundamentals (e.g., networks devices, ports/protocols, addressing, routing, network access, identity, and access management, and authentication)

  • Knowledge of secure configuration management techniques (e.g., STIGs) and secure software development and deployment practices

  • Experience in fixing failed software or system components (e.g., servers, processes, etc.) and identifying possible causes for system performance degradation or availability and initiating actions to mitigate this degradation

  • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, availability, capacity, or configuration problems relative to the goals of the system

  • Experience developing, testing, troubleshooting, and deploying large-scale systems for managing, processing, and disseminating data from disparate data sources

  • Experience with large, multi-organizational, multi-discipline projects with emphasis on satellite or other aerospace systems

  • Ability to travel on occasion

About Our Team:

The Computational Systems Engineering Department is a capability based organization that architects, develops, integrates, tests, and deploys large highly reliable mission critical systems using agile methodologies. We have expertise in R&D and Information Technology across many disciplines including large-scale software engineering, computer science, and computer engineering. Our specific capabilities include platform automation, computer hardware/software architectures, system administration/networking, cyber security, failover/redundancy, continuous integration, system integration/verification, and performance assessment. We leverage these capabilities to innovate high-rigor solutions while supporting existing critical customer needs. Our current responsibility includes support for nonproliferation and national security missions for the US Nuclear Detonation Detection System.

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 L-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 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: 689629

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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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