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R&D Computer Science - Physical Security Applications (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693144

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated R&D Computer Scientist to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges. Our multidisciplinary team designs, develops and implements high-consequence systems for physical security applications.

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

  • Understand customer mission needs and take an active role in the development of software to meet those needs.

  • Work with physical security subject matter experts to understand site security operations and apply that knowledge to software systems.

  • Interface with other internal and external software developers to understand code impacts across a complex code base.

  • Develop/implement high-consequence design and control principles that require a high level of robustness and safety.

  • Conduct automated and manual software testing and debugging.

  • Mentor early career software developers.

This position will require travel to support system testing, installation, deployment, and maintenance.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other relevant STEM field, plus five (5) or more years of directly related experience. Or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Minimum of one (1) year programming experience with C++ language.

  • Experience working as part of a software development team.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experienced in:

  • Video gaming programming principles.

  • Continuous integration (Repository, Build, Test).

  • Testing and certification of complex software systems, to include automated testing Qt or similar user interface development.

  • Postgres or similar database management systems.

  • Advanced knowledge of C++ language.

  • Ability to work autonomously, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary team environment.

  • Self-starter and willing to learn new skills.

  • Active DOE Q-level or DOD equivalent security clearance.

About Our Team:

The High Consequence Robotic Systems Department, Org 6531, performs applied research, development, maturation, and fielding of robotics. We are recognized as national leader in developing and fielding solutions that successfully operate in demanding missions requiring the high levels of robustness and safety. Our department has developed, integrated and deployed more than 30 significant high-consequence robotic systems since the middle 1990s and is a leader in developing cost-effective, reliable, automated systems. Our department focuses on the mid to higher Total Readiness Level (TRL) spectrum developing applications we field and then support throughout its operational mission. This results in a very customer-centric team enjoying regular interaction with our sponsors and end-users, often with a significant onsite presence.

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.

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.

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.

Job ID: 693144

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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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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