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R&D Computer Science - Senior C++ Software Developer for Physical Security Simulation and Analysis (Experienced) - Hybrid

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693077

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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 experienced Computer Science professional to lead the development of software for physical security applications. Our team creates software for protecting critical national assets including modeling and simulation for the analysis of physical security systems, virtual training environments for response forces, and central alarm station software for protecting sites.

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

  • Lead high-functioning teams on multiple projects for a variety of customers including DOE/NNSA, DoD, and other government agencies.

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

  • Translate customer needs into simulation models or effective user interfaces using your software development skills in multiple languages (e.g., C++, C#, Python).

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

  • Perform physical security analyses, generate reports, and present those results to customers.

  • Mentor early career software developers.

This position will require some travel.

The selected applicant can work a combination of onsite and offsite work. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or an Engineering field with software simulation emphasis, plus five (5) or more years of experience; Or Master's degree as stated above with at least four (1) years of experience.

  • Experienced in the following:

  • Advanced skills in C++ development with an emphasis in science-based software applications.

  • Other programming languages including C# and python.

  • Working as part of a software development team.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experienced in:

  • Programming simulations (including video game development experience), AI, human behavior modeling, and path planning techniques.

  • User interface development.

  • Unity or Unreal game engines Development.

  • Statistical data analysis techniques, including design of experiments and sensitivity analysis.

  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated skill in juggling multiple efforts simultaneously.

  • Being a self-starter and willing to learn new skills.

  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic.

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

About Our Team:

The Interactive Systems Simulation & Analysis (ISSA) Department develops flexible and powerful tools for analyzing security in operational spaces, particularly high consequence facilities and their surrounding terrain. ISSA develops physics-based, 3D, terrain aware simulations that analyze a system's performance including the interplay between its components including sensing, energy, cyber, and personnel. Simulations may incorporate a mixture of live and simulated assets. Work in a variety of domains such as computer science research, terrain scanning/modeling, 3D modeling, and serious game development contribute to these tools. Example systems include: threat neutralization at NNSA and DoD sites, IED defeat, sensor employment, robotics, and immersive 3D simulations. See for more information.

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: 693077

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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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