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Sandia National Laboratories Network Engineer (Early career) 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.


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Are you ready for your next challenge? Join our dynamic team and accomplish your dreams while making a difference.

The Enterprise Network Services organization is seeking a highly motivated Network Engineer with a solid understanding of networking, firewalls, WAN/LAN technologies and communication protocols. The individual must bring to bear their own knowledge and expertise, as well as that of their team members, to design, implement, operate, maintain, and fix networks. This includes routers, switches and firewalls with application specific policies and access control lists (ACLs). Evaluate and report on new communications technologies, as well as recommend viable solutions to improve the capabilities of the network.

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

  • Designs and implements corporate enterprise or direct mission network architectures

  • Maintains smooth operation of corporate enterprise or direct mission network communication systems

  • Develop network installation, testing and troubleshooting procedures

  • Work with customers to elicit, analyze, define, and document requirements

  • Perform regular network performance and tuning

  • Plan and coordinate installation and configuration of network communication systems and components


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Assurance or relevant field plus a minimum of one (1) or more years of related experience or;

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Assurance or relevant field or;

  • equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Solid grasp of network communication protocols, such as TCP/IP, HTTPS, IPSec, SNMP, and other related protocols

  • Hands on experience with LAN/WAN equipment, such as routers, switches, and protocol analyzers

  • IPv4/IPv6 experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q level clearance


  • Understanding of various IT systems such as hardware, operating systems, networking, virtualization, and other technologies

  • Hands-on experience designing, documenting, implementing, troubleshooting, and managing enterprise network infrastructures

  • Ability to interpret new business requirements and propose suitable architecture changes

  • Demonstrated experience working with Ansible and various networking technologies in an unclassified and classified environment

  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in diverse team environments to resolve network-centric issues

  • Knowledgeable of network virtualization and SDN

  • Familiar with network equipment such as Juniper, Palo Alto, Arista, Tellabs and Extreme

  • Familiarity with development (Python, Git)

  • An active DOE Q security clearance

    Department Description:

The Enterprise Network Services department is responsible for providing secure, consistent, and highly available network infrastructures and virtual services to meet Sandia’s core corporate and mission IT needs. By providing a cost optimized and universally available experience, regardless of location, Enterprise Network and Virtual Services will enable people to work with confidence in a secure computing environment.

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.

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.