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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Computer Engineering (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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We are seeking an outstanding research scientist to work within a team to develop new concepts for the next generation of systems and capabilities for the Global Security Remote Sensing (GSRS) business area. You will help provide technical depth within a team to collect, incubate, enable, foster, enhance, and collectively merge concepts into capabilities that can be used to address national technical problems for the nation. You must work in a rapid, innovative idea driven environment to architect, conceptually design, rapidly develop, and be driven by the desire to contribute to national security missions. Typically, someone joining the department and group requires only a solid mathematical, physics, programming foundation to go along with a desire to learn and the work ethic to get things done.

On a given day, you may be called to:

  • Participate in the full spectrum of development cycles from remote sensing concept development to technical leadership in order to successfully achieve advance technology demonstrations proving game changing capabilities.
  • Apply a broad range of engineering principles and techniques to merge concepts from different disciplines to deliver exquisite novel engineering solutions to complex system problems.
  • Perform modeling of simulations of real-time exploitation algorithms employing machine learning techniques on various electronics platforms for remote sensing systems that can be ground base, airborne or space based systems.

The environment is typically resource constrained and new techniques are required to achieve mission success. The duties span collaboration across multiple disciplines and capabilities in order to achieve a rapid prototype for proof of functionality. The work will involve multiple phenomenology’s such as RF/EO/IR/Seismic/Acoustic/Magnetic/Infrasound. You will work within a team in constructive brainstorming sessions, and consult on various technical problems. This work will comprise of embedded programming, electronics board design, testing, PCB layout, defect detection and the power system designs. Effective and efficient communication is required for success with both written and verbal skills are critical for team success.

Required:

  • You have a bachelor's degree, or higher, in computer science, electrical/computer engineering, physics, optical sciences, or similar technical discipline, plus 5 years related experience (MS + 2 years or PhD can also be considered)
  • You can obtain a DOE Q clearance with SCI access will will require willingness to comply with a p olygraph test for both lifestyle and counter-intelligence

Desired:

  • Demonstrated experience with full lifecycle development from requirements definition and derivation to final product deliveries and support
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and present ideas and results in oral and written form
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment across many centers
  • Excellent communication (written/verbal) skills to develop and deliver technical presentations for customer review
  • Demonstrated an ability to constructively work within a team environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines and accepting of feedback
  • Experience/education in a subset of the following: Optical Engineering, RF, Electronics Design, Pattern Recognition, System Engineering Principles, System Modeling (UML) Principles, Advanced Data Processing (Multi-Core), Physics, Space Systems and Ground Systems
  • Phase Retrieval, Fourier optics, micro-fabrication for electronics
  • Machine Learning / Neural Networks / Autonomy
  • Matlab, Simulink, C++, C, Python, Java, LabView, VHDL, Flight Software
  • Signal Image Processing and Signal Exploitation Experience
  • Interferometry, diffractive optics, ZEMAX (design tool)
  • Microsemi RTG4, Xilinx Tools and FPGA’s, UT700, SpaceWire, Space Fibre
  • Experience with relevant application and mission domains (ground systems/data centers/operations centers, remote sensing, sensor technologies, proliferation detection, monitoring and surveillance).
  • Experience working with “Big Data” Challenges
  • Understanding or desire to analyze technical roadmaps for gaps

Department Description:

Organization 6773 is part of the Global Security Remote Sensing (GSRS) center. For over half a century we have researched and developed new sensing technologies; designed, built, and tested optical satellite payloads with associated ground based analysis systems; and provided operational reliable systems. Building on that legacy and expertise, we today support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the intelligence and military communities. We strive to develop technologies that assure global peace. Specifically, department 6773 specializes in developing state of the art technologies for remote sensing in the areas of optimized digital processing, real-time decision algorithms (automatic target recognition and machine learning) for multi-domain contested environments, high performance processing in resource constrained deployments, remote distributed data processing architectures with limited communications, rapid high consequence technology insertions for remote sensing applications, satellite constellation performance modeling and analysis featuring remote sensing system engineering. Our customers are other government agencies that deliver state of the art capabilities for national security missions. Our work involves the full spectrum of development cycles which begins at the identification of fundamental gaps and needs that then yields advanced R&D opportunities to producing high reliability systems that service the nation in mission operations.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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.

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.

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