Sandia National Laboratories R&D Computer Scientist/Engineer-Systems Design & Architecture (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a Computer Science/Engineering professional to join the team. On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Research, prototype, architect and design cloud computing based solutions for successful operation of mission enabling or direct mission information systems
  • Remain current on cutting-edge technology to cultivate development of application for real-world problems
  • Work collaboratively with architects, developers, product owners, customers and end users to collect requirements, design solutions and deliver high quality, easy to use state of the art infrastructure
  • Enable successful ground segment transition to the cloud environment
  • Contribute to research and development in areas including cloud computing, container technologies, data and computing virtualization, and secure cloud architectures


  • You possess an undergraduate and/or advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant discipline
  • Your background includes experience with cloud technologies and architectures
  • You can obtain a SCI clearance, possibly requiring a polygraph examination


Ideally, your background will also include:

  • Strong background with cloud infrastructure platforms and services including technologies such as OpenStack or Amazon Web Services.
  • Technical expertise in network engineering, storage engineering and software architecture.
  • Proven foundation in system-level design and delivering complex software and hardware architectures for mission information processing systems.
  • Experience creating and deploying secure architectures to meet cybersecurity and information assurance requirements.
  • Experience with current state of the art infrastructure automation, orchestration, continuous integration, and deployment techniques
  • Experience with migrating systems to a secure cloud environment.
  • History of successfully deploying large-scale information processing systems into operational environments.
  • Awareness of emerging computing trends.
  • Engagement in research and technology communities.
  • Active DOE/DOD/SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Systems Design and Architecture Department designs, evaluates, and develops complex, high-performance software architectures for processing and exploitation of remote sensing information for high-consequence national security missions. We invent, analyze and implement the frameworks, infrastructure and algorithms that support real-time extraction and classification of static and dynamic events from a variety of very challenging data streams from pathfinder remote sensing assets.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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 SCI security clearance.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.