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R&D Cybersecurity FPGA/ASIC Engineer in Center 5600 (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689908

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking R&D engineers, scientists, and cybersecurity specialists motivated to positively impact the security of the nation. You will be called upon to develop advanced hardware assessment capabilities to support a broad range of growing and evolving National Security missions. Our outstanding staff have specific expertise in microelectronics, embedded components and systems, protective technologies, and other areas. They are regularly called on to:

  • Perform innovative and creative research utilizing Sandia’s unique microelectronic hardware security and cyber capabilities to advance our capabilities, develop protective technologies and evaluate hardware for high consequence systems

  • Work collaboratively with professionals across Sandia and at partner organizations to develop protective technologies and tools to secure the nation’s most critical applications

  • Communicate technical findings with government and commercial entities in a 1:1 setting or as part of a presentation in front of large audiences

Our team members enjoy a healthy work-life balance. We have opportunities for leadership (technical and personnel), travel (domestic and international), training (internal and external), continuing education (internal, external, and university-based), and collaboration (academic, industry, and government).

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Qualifications We Require:

  • You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity or a relevant STEM discipline; plus 5 or more years of relevant experience.

  • -OR- You possess a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity or a relevant STEM discipline, plus 1 or more years of relevant experience;

  • Experience designing, verifying, and troubleshooting embedded microelectronic systems in at least one of the following: FPGA, ASICs, mixed-signal ICs, microprocessors, or systems on a chip (SoCs).

  • You are able to acquire and maintain both a DOE Q security clearance and SCI security clearance, and have the willingness to take a polygraph exam, if requested.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, your background would also include some of the following:

  • Familiarity with secure hardware implementations, cryptographic authentication and authorization, communication protocols

  • Proficiency in hardware design languages, including RTL and SystemVerilog or VHDL

  • Familiarity with a broad range of design tools to build embedded systems (simulation, equivalence, code analysis, SPICE, HW/SW emulation, etc.)

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.

  • You an active DOE Q or DoD TS security clearance and SCI security clearance, and have the willingness to take a polygraph exam, if requested.

About Our Team:

As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Sandia National Laboratories is continually asked to help address the country’s most pressing national security needs. In the Threat Intelligence Center, the mission of the Information Operations Program is to assess, design, implement and influence the development of national security-related information systems and technologies in support of Defense and Intelligence customers and their national security missions.When applying to this requisition, you may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several groups contributing to the Information Operations mission in the Threat Intelligence Center:

  • Cyber-Physical Mission R&D: The Cyber-Physical Mission R&D Group performs research and development to assess and protect Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). We maintain a wide variety of skillsets and capabilities, which enables us to analyze CPS from a system view down to individual components. We provide innovative research and development in the cyber-physical domain for national security missions.

  • Cyber Intelligence Research: Work in Cyber Intelligence Research Group involves the development and application of various software and hardware tools to analyze complex information systems and technologies for vulnerabilities as well as the development and transfer of solutions for the Nation's most critical information system challenges. These activities include research and development in computer security, computer network security, and vulnerability assessments.

  • Microelectronics Protection Technologies: The Microelectronics Protection Technologies Group assesses, designs, and influences national-security-related information systems and technologies by developing and applying tools to analyze microelectronic devices and next layer assemblies for vulnerabilities; and developing and transferring solutions to help protect the nation’s most critical systems.

  • Emerging Cyber Capabilities: The Emerging Cyber Capabilities (ECC) Group develops emergent, innovative cyber capabilities. Work within ECC involves synthesizing operational, experimental, threat, and vulnerability data into complex systems understanding for the assessment and protection of high consequence national security systems. The mission of this subprogram is diverse and adaptive, anticipating the evolving threat environments of our national security partners.

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.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.

Job ID: 689908

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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