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R&D Computer Science (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689644

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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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

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:

Are you passionate about improving the quality of scientific and engineering software to address computing needs in global security, energy, and climate? Do you have a desire to address challenges posed by next generation computing architectures? We are seeking an enthusiastic and resourceful Research Software Engineer to participate in multi-team collaborations that will directly impact computational science and engineering efforts spanning the research to production spectrum! Research Software Engineers work closely with research staff in creating and managing applications to support research projects. This position offers the opportunity to improve the stability, productivity, and security of software, to address performance challenges of existing software on emerging next generation platforms, and to guide researchers toward better software engineering practices.

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

  • Help research, conceive, and improve strategies for high-performance parallel algorithms

  • Collaborate with colleagues across application-to-hardware domains

  • Be part of a consulting team with application teams to introduce and develop parallel algorithms

  • Develop and test high quality software; detect, diagnose, and resolve software bugs

  • Incorporate DevOps best practices for continuous integration and delivery

  • Learn how to optimize software and algorithms on powerful testbed computers and supercomputers at Sandia and other DOE facilities and apply that knowledge

  • Learn new programming languages, paradigms, and APIs relevant to High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments

  • Collaborate with engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and other scientific programmers across diverse fields

    Join our team and achieve your dreams while making a difference!

    The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field

  • Programming skills applicable to the HPC environment (C/C++, Fortran, Bash, Python, Julia, R, or similar languages)

  • Experience with Linux shell environments and scripting

  • Experience with one or more of the following: configuration management, issue tracking, continuous integration, software testing

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to use debugging tools, unit tests, and other techniques to resolve complex software problems in applications and libraries

  • Experience working on challenging problems in a research and development team environment

  • Good communication, interpersonal, and teaming skills for effectively working in multi-disciplinary teams of mathematicians, engineers, and scientists

  • Software development experience (industry, academic, or internship) with modern high-performance computing development stack (e.g., C /C++ including the use of templates, Python, Java, Fortran, CMake, Bash)

  • Experience creating, maintaining, and automating (unit, integration, performance, acceptance) test suites

  • Experience with Agile software quality engineering and/or full software development lifecycle

  • Experience with programming for shared and distributed memory parallelism (OpenMP, MPI) and accelerators (GPUs)

  • Ability to use techniques to resolve complex software problems in applications and libraries, e.g., debugging tools, unit tests, and other techniques

  • Experience running and optimizing software on parallel systems: experience with HPC queue management software (e.g., PBS, Slurm, Flux); ability to compile, configure, and integrate open-source applications into HPC environment; experience with performance tuning

  • Experience with modern DevOps infrastructure and practices (e.g., Git, CI /CD, GitLab and its workflows, Jenkins, VMs and/or containers, correctness testing including static, coverage, and memory analysis) and the use of branches and pull requests for change management

About Our Team:

The Software Engineering and Research Department (1424) within the Center for Computing Research, is leading the strategic goal of furthering the substantiation of software engineering as an engineering field. This dynamic team of experts conducts fundamental and applied research, development and application in software engineering, design, and the processes and principles that underlie the establishment of quality, difficulty, correctness, and repeatability in the implementation of algorithms and applications in software for high consequence applications. The team focuses on applications for scientific computing, computational algorithms, large scale data analytics, and operating system components such as run-time systems and application programming interfaces. A key element of the work is teaming with application and algorithm researchers to establish a solid foundation in software methodologies, innovative practices, and maintenance and support for production codes and libraries. The department works closely with other organizations across Sandia and with external collaborators. The department is part of the Extreme Scale Computing group, which unifies computer engineering and science fields to advance highly scalable and performant computing architectures based on current conventional, as well as future non-conventional, technologies.

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: 689644

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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