Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Controls Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D, Controls Engineer in the Risk and Reliability Analysis Department. You would join a team of experts in this field and you would help lead meaningful research to our mission. Are you up to this challenge? Does this work sound like your next career move? Join the team and your work will be challenging, fulfilling, and give you opportunities to grow your career.

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

  • Lead research in secure control system architectures related to nuclear power systems and other critical infrastructures as well as modeling and simulation related to these energy systems;
  • Perform risk related research to help make energy systems resilient to threats (man-made or naturally occurring);
  • Support the management team in building a research roadmap in these areas;
  • Have the opportunity to engage with our government customers to help define the challenges and build our program.


  • Master's or PhD in Engineering or Computer Science; or Bachelor's and 8 years relevant experience;
  • Programming in C, Python, or other equivalent programming language;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with digital control systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to publish technical reports as evidenced in peer reviewed publications or conferences;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Experience working with digital control systems in a national critical infrastructure;
  • Experience with digital control system architectural design;
  • Proven experience with virtualization;
  • Minimum of 2 years working directly with government customers;
  • Proven understanding of control system vulnerabilities and mitigation techniques;
  • Active DOE security clearance.

Department Description:

The Risk and Reliability Analysis Department conducts risk related work to high consequence systems including nuclear facilities, critical infrastructures, advance energy systems, and other national security related work. Work in this department currently supports research into secure control system architectures, cyber risk related research, probabilistic risk assessments and analysis, fire risk analysis, and other risk related work. The focus of the department's efforts is on research related to operational risk and risk analysis of high-consequence engineered systems to various threats including cyber, kinetic, and naturally occurring events. These systems include nuclear power reactors, energy systems, and international nuclear related cyber. The Department's client base includes the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other federal and non-federal entities.

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 Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

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.

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 original, disability, or veteran status.