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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Controls Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? If your interests align with research and development of hardware system applications, we highly encourage you to explore this new and great opportunity within Sandia's Navigation, Guidance & Control (NG&C) II Department.

We are actively seeking a motivated and experienced Controls Engineer to support the development of advanced navigation, guidance, control, and autonomous technologies for R&D Offensive and Defensive military systems within the Integrated Military Systems Program at Sandia National Labs.

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

  • Apply control and autonomy technologies to aerospace applications relating to prototype rocket, missile, and hypersonic flight test vehicle demonstrations

  • Verify designs through simulation and laboratory testing to ensure they meet requirements

  • Have excellent communication and organizational skills to provide mentorship to others.

  • Represent Sandia technical accomplishments in customer and professional conference venues.

  • Travel to customer sites


  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, or Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering or relevant STEM degree with 2 or more years of related work experience

  • Undergraduate degree in STEM

  • Your background includes experience with design of algorithms for classical, modern, and non-linear control system design theory.

  • Your background includes experience includes MATLAB and Simulink

  • Ability to travel approximately twice per month

  • Active DOE L-level security clearance; or equivalent (Secret – level clearance) and the ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • PhD preferred in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering with a focus in controls.

  • Experience with Simulink modeling.

  • Experience with design of guidance algorithms.

  • Familiarity with 6-DOF trajectory simulations.

  • Knowledge of rocket propulsion systems, explosives, earth penetrators, aerodynamics.

  • Basic computer programming skills (c/c++, C#, java, python, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience presenting accomplishments in customer venues

  • The ability to work effectively on multi-disciplinary project teams.

  • Strong writing and oratory skills with supporting Journal article or Conference Proceeding.

  • Active DoE Q or DoD S/TS level security clearance.

    Department Description:

The Navigation Guidance and Control (NGC) II Department 05446 provides technology solutions and support to both Offensive and Defensive Military Systems development projects within the Integrated Military Systems Program at Sandia. Hardware and software technologies are developed, integrated, and tested to provide flight control solutions for missiles and hypersonic reentry platforms. Typically, these systems support the Missile Defense Agency, Army, Navy, and other Department of Defense Agencies. Our programs cover a broad spectrum of applications; from advanced aerodynamically controlled vehicles dropped from aircraft, to maneuvering hypersonic warheads, to ballistic missile systems. All of the activities require the extensive use of real time embedded computers and custom real-time software for the realization of affiliated fully-integrated flight control system solutions. The NGC group is significantly involved in modeling and simulation activities in support of these same application areas as well as activities for the Sandia Space Mission Program. The department strives to provide leadership to the Laboratory and the Nation in the creative development, use, and application of both NGC and mod/sim technologies. The NGC Department staff pride themselves in team accomplishments, professional development and the mentorship of others.

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*

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    Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-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.

EEO Statement:

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.