Sandia National Laboratories R&D Computer Engineer-Threat Intelligence (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues and challenges for our nation's security?

We are seeking outstanding R&D Engineers/Computer Scientists to join our dynamic team to develop embedded software for new data acquisition systems as well as ground station software and command plans for existing data acquisition systems. We seek talented, passionate individuals who work well with teams to achieve project goals and are motivated by contributing to impact the national security mission. A typical system is microprocessor controlled and contains various sensors, electronics and communication links. Important features of these systems are ultra-low power, high-performance and the capability to operate in a wide range of environmental conditions. The department tackles the full system lifecycle of a technical project from concept, design, fabrication, development testing, performance verification and support of delivered products.


  • You possess a Master’s degree in CE/EE plus 2 years’ experience; or a Bachelor's in relevant discipline plus six years of relevant experience
  • You have experience programming in C / C++ for embedded systems
  • Your background includes experience with standard EE/CE lab equipment, Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, and Protocol Analyzers
  • You have a current Q clearance and ability to satisfy SCI access and polygraph requirements


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Current SCI clearance
  • Experience with Thread-X or other real-time operating systems
  • Experience designing very low power embedded systems
  • Experience with Microchip PIC processors
  • Experience with FPGA/VHDL/Verilog
  • Excellent communication skills working in a highly collaborative and team-focused environment

Department Description:

The Threat Intelligence Center enables the national security missions of the defense and intelligence communities to reduce threats to our nation by applying engineering expertise to develop solutions to some of the nation’s most challenging technical problems. The Tailored Operational Support Group (5870) conducts research, development, engineering and analysis for SPP/SIPP sponsors. The group is involved in the program management and development of technologies as part of the Threat Intelligence Center (5800) at Sandia. We provide research, design and development of innovative technologies and sensing systems and technical assessments complemented by intelligence-based analysis. Our teams are diverse technically and work closely with an extended network at the laboratories to address and assess critical national security issues with a multi-disciplinary approach. The departments in Group 5870 tackle a variety of technical projects from concept, to sponsor training, delivery and support of products.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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) granted Q-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.