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R&D Computer Science (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688570

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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:

$101,400 - $201,400

*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:

We are seeking outstanding computer science professionals who have a passion for applying their software development and problem-solving skills to tackle some of the most challenging national security problems in a variety of high-impact areas. You will be responsible for managing your commitments, working with your team on tasking, and managing your time and career growth within the context of an encouraging and enabling environment. You will have opportunities to participate in trainings that will grow your skills and your ability to contribute to projects. Leadership opportunities are available, as is the ability to collaborate with university, corporate, and government partners. Join our team of creative problem solvers to accelerate applied R&D and software solutions to help secure our nation!

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

  • Interact with team members to identify needs and requirements

  • Perform engineering or research tasks independently or across multi-functional teams to turn those needs into practical software solutions

  • Analyze existing innovative solutions and develop new solutions to address national security needs

  • Develop solutions to complex problems that require frequent use of creativity and analysis to perform in-depth evaluations across many factors

  • Present your findings and solutions to your team or organization

  • Participate in various team planning, standup or team meetings, demos, and retrospectives, depending on the project's software development lifecycle process

  • Produce and disseminate research proposals, reports, or papers

When applying to this requisition, you may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several computer science-focused organizations that support Sandia's vast missions across the labs.

This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science/Computer Engineering plus 4 or more years of relevant experience or a Ph.D. degree in a relevant STEM field with demonstrated computer science competency

  • Proficiency in C++ or Java

  • Knowledge of multiple scripting languages including Python and JavaScript

  • Demonstrated R&D experience in software development/engineering

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance and SCI clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to conduct independent technical R&D

  • Ability to develop technical ideas and proposals

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment

  • Ability to work in a wide range of software environments and programming languages

  • Strong communication skills

  • Interests in one or more of the following areas: data analytics, machine learning, remote sensing, cybersecurity

About Our Team:

The Advanced Solutions Engineering (ASE) group is a highly integrated team of departments focused on delivering software and system solutions that impact Sandia's critical programs. Our focus is on reliable, software-intensive solutions, enabling customer agility and performance, and providing broad impact across Sandia and our mission customers. We are an agile organization whose work is focused within several of Sandia's mission portfolio areas including Global Security, National Security Programs, and Advanced Science & Technology. Core proficiencies of the organization include Systems Software and Architecture, Computer Security Research and Analysis, and Algorithms and Applications.

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 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.


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: 688570

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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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