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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Computer Science (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.


Are you passionate about research and development that supports national security missions in a variety of high-impact areas? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join a team of creative problem solvers in applying computer science and software engineering skills to help secure our nation!

We are seeking a R&D Computer Scientist/Software Engineer that would be responsible for deploying high-impact and high-consequence national security capabilities supporting surety applications. Your work will directly impact advanced technologies for weapon-related systems.

You will need to have strong software engineering skills, including an understanding of the software lifecycle, requirements engineering, verification and validation, configuration and change management. The successful candidate should be able to learn and execute the development methodologies and engineering practices being used by the established team and contribute to improving and refining those practices and processes.

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

  • Design, implement, and deploy software-based systems for both desktop and embedded applications in direct support of our nation’s nuclear deterrent

  • desktop applications in direct support of our nation’s nuclear deterrent

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively on an Agile team with others of diverse and multi-disciplinary skill sets.

  • Learn about and implement information assurance concepts key to our nuclear deterrent

  • Partner with both hardware, systems, and software engineers

  • Troubleshoot complicated issues in dynamic environments


  • Bachelor's in technical field (e.g. computer science or engineering-related fields) or equivalent relevant experience

  • Current active DOE L clearance

  • Ability to obtain Q clearance


  • Experience with delivering production software

  • Experience with Object Oriented Programming in C#, Java, or C++

  • Experience with embedded systems architecture and design (e.g. printed circuit board design, FPGA/ASIC design, software design)

  • Experience with an Agile software development methodology

  • Experience in trusted software systems

  • Basic Understanding of computer architecture

  • Passion Familiarity withfor software engineering principles

  • Experience with documenting software requirements and design

  • Experience in GUI development

  • Experience with version control systems

  • Experience with unit testing

  • An understanding of commonly used data structures and algorithms for software development

  • Excellent Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Active DOE Q clearance with a Sigma-15 caveat

    Department Description:

The Surety Software Department utilizes current and advanced software approaches, tools, and techniques in developing information assurance subsystems for Nuclear Weapons. These responsibilities span research, design, development, production liaison, and existing product evaluation for Use Control Applications. Staff in this department develop custom software solutions in support of the DOE/DoD Use Control community and specialize in real-time embedded, high assurance software design solutions with emphasis on security and reliability. The department also has a key role in the development, maturation, and deployment of advanced technologies for next-generation weapon systems and information assurance 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 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) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.