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Sandia National Laboratories Microwave Design Engineer (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.


Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to a highly motivated team focused on delivering qualified electronic components to a national security mission?

If so, Organization 05211, RF Microsystems, is seeking an early to mid-career, R&D Microwave and Sensor Engineer to support design, fabrication, test, qualification, and delivery of custom designed microwave components. These components enable high performance military communication systems, cutting-edge radar hardware, and tagging tracking and locating hardware. This team is looking for a driven RF engineer, capable of fundamental electromagnetic modeling, transistor level circuit simulation, and distributed element microwave PCB design. It is also important to understand electronic die characterization, RF test equipment, and have a solid understanding of solder assembly, PCB development, and fabrication.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Write specifications for radar component design

  • Specify fabrication steps to build custom designed electromagnetic filters, transmission lines, and antennas

  • Calibrate RF circuits

  • Use circuit and electromagnetic modeling tools to design low loss, low power, high sensitivity RF transceivers

  • Characterize custom designed RF components and modules over voltage, temperature, and environmental stresses

  • Use RF equipment to measure phase noise, jitter, s-parameters, power output, P1dB, PSat, noise figure, modulation quality (EVM), sensitivity, and many other RF properties


  • A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering plus 3 years relevant experience; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Proven experience in active RF circuit design including EM analysis, Link budget analysis, Harmonic analysis, noise analysis, impedance matching

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret


  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering plus 3 years relevant experience; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • The ability to work with a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and technologists, yet accomplish tasks independently

  • An understanding of the following:

  • Fabrication process for RF filters, Antenna, and PCBs

  • Die attaching, wire bonding, and packaging at RF frequencies

  • Advanced automated assembly processes for die and very small SMT components

  • Strong RF Test and measure skills both connectorized and on die

  • Proficiency in electromagnetic modeling tools such as HFSS and CST

  • Proficiency in RF circuit analysis tools such as ADS

  • Strong electronic noise analysis skills

  • Proven written and presentation skills to provide sponsors and vendors convincing evidence of quality designs

  • The ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team of peers and subordinates to meet specifications

    Department Description:

The RF Microsystems department performs research, design, modeling, characterization, and qualification of RF microelectronics. We have a focus on efficient, high performance RF component design, electromagnetic modeling, as well as novel wireless sensor development. We have capabilities for developing between prototypes to fully qualified hardware. We provide unique solutions to our customers in nuclear weapons, DOD, DOE science, non-proliferation agencies, and subsystem departments (SAR, surety, & ISR). Our research interest includes advanced sensors, low power communication devices, quantum computing electromagnetic simulation, advanced radar component design, and next generation resonators for clocks and frequency references.

Join the team to make a difference for our nation and work toward your goals.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

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.