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R&D ASIC Design Engineer (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688563

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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.

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Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*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:

Organization 05212, HI Sensor uSystems & FA, is seeking an early career R&D Electronics Engineer/ASIC Design Engineer to join our team that develops sophisticated heterogeneously integrated sensor microsystems. The selected candidate will be asked to help develop, architect, and design high complexity electronic microsystems (typically integrated circuits) that support Sandia's national security mission. These microsystems include focal-plane arrays as well as other multi-component microsystems enabled by heterogeneous integration.

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

  • Design, evaluate, and test integrated circuits for sensor microsystems.

  • Translate customer requirements into high level system architectures.

  • Develop of a broad understanding of a variety of microsystems technologies (CMOS, MEMS, photonics, III-V semiconductors, etc.) and heterogeneous integration technologies to assist or drive development of highly optimized, heterogeneously integrated microsystems.

  • Contribute to research thrusts in novel signal/data processing circuit design techniques relevant to focal-plane arrays (e.g. neuromorphic circuit architectures, etc.) and radiation detectors.

  • Contribute to research thrusts in microsystem integration, particularly heterogeneous integration technologies required to realize focal-plane arrays and other high complexity microsystems.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a relevant STEM field,

  • or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with analog integrated circuit design, simulation, and layout, particularly in Cadence Virtuoso

  • PhD in electrical engineering or relevant STEM field

  • Experience designing CMOS devices, embedded systems, FPGAs, or microcontrollers

  • Experience with microsystem integration schemes (e.g. bump bonding)

  • Familiarity with some of the following: VHDL or Verilog languages, Python or Perl, PCB electronics design and layout

  • Proven ability to diagnose and debug integrated circuits in a laboratory environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills which include teamwork, effective leadership, compromise, delegation, conflict resolution, and the ability to work in a diverse team

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, reports, and documentation

About Our Team:

The Heterogeneously-Integrated Sensor Microsystems & Failure Analysis department specializes in designing and realizing high-performance focal-plane arrays and sensor microsystems for a variety of customers and developing and implementing integrated-circuit (IC) failure analysis techniques. We have broad and deep expertise in IC analog and digital design, semiconductor physics, and device fabrication and integration. We also have expertise in IC failure analysis techniques needed to support integrated-circuit development for both internal and external foundries.

We are an accredited Department of Defense (DoD) Trusted Design Center. Our Category 1A Trusted Accreditation through the DoD Defense MicroElectronics Activity (DMEA) is for "Trusted Design" services for both unclassified and classified integrated circuits. We provide Trusted ASIC Design Services for both radiation-hardened and non-radiation-hardened Trusted Foundries (350nm, 180nm, 130nm, 90nm, 65nm, 45nm, 32nm and 14nm). We are also involved in microelectronics research and development for next generation microelectronics in support of both laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) and external sponsors. In addition to IC product development, the department works closely with our in-house radiation hardened CMOS technology group to maintain state-of-the-art radiation-hardened CMOS research, design, and production capability.

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: 688563

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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

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