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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Data Scientist/Engineer-Software Simulation and Analysis (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.


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Passionate about your work and dream of joining a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security? Join us and unleash your potential!

We are looking for data scientists/engineers with a broad set of technical skills to take on problems across including:

  • Applied research across multiple mission domains

  • Solving Broad Data Science Problems

  • Machine Learning / Deep Learning Modeling and Algorithm Development

  • Prototyping and pathfinding new concepts to solve technology challenges which mitigate risk and provide future solutions for projects

  • Image and signal processing, computer vision application and research

  • Uncertainty Quantification for MLDL and other algorithms in high-consequence applications

  • Growth and focus in data analysis across numerous sources including remote sensing, systems testers, and microscopes

On any given day the selected candidate may be called on to:

  • Apply state-of-the art techniques which solve the most challenging data analysis problems for a wide array of customers.

  • Work collaboratively with customers to understand requirements, available data and mission need

  • Contribute to deeply rewarding missions through engagement with diverse computer science specialties and in areas such as data fusion, signal processing, analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, modeling/simulation, service oriented architectures, and in the future big-data management and visualization, plus pattern recognition

  • Engage in Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Proposals

  • Engage in presenting, publishing and collaborating to advance ground breaking research

Candidates will be interviewed and hired to support one or multiple teams within the 6362— Emergent System and Analysis department.

This role has exciting growth opportunities and is an integral part of the successful delivery of our missions. Additionally, this role will include a variety of interactions across (6360 and 6370) including collaboration with partner organizations and partner projects. We provide significant opportunity for leadership development and provide the opportunity to engage in leadership development activities both independently and as part of a larger team.


  • Undergraduate and Graduate (Masters or PhD) degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or other relevant STEM degree. A relevant STEM bachelor's degree plus 4 years directly related experience may also be considered

  • Experience with modeling, scientific computing and/or machine/deep learning, image and signal processing.

  • Can obtain a DOE Q clearance with SCI


  • Experience with Python, C++, Java, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Linux

  • Experience writing proposals

  • Experience publishing and presenting

  • Knowledge and experience with implementation of the full software development process using Agile or other Iterative methodologies

  • Self-directed, organized, and able to work independently as well as in a number of different sized teams

  • Experience developing critical data processing and analysis systems

  • Ability to work with various teams across multiple development sub-teams

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Full stack software development, including familiarity with modern software development practices and tools

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and handle contending priorities

  • Strong customer-focus and can-do response to questions/requests with demonstrated outstanding follow through

  • Proven strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills

  • Current Q Clearance

    Department Description:

The Emergent Systems and Analysis department specializes in the exploration, development, and analysis of emergent and disruptive technologies in computer science to solve complex problems. We bring to bear diverse expertise in mission analysis, software engineering, web services, big data management and visualization, image processing, machine learning, and modeling and simulation, which are applied to a myriad of sensor data processing challenges across the laboratory. Our research and capabilities drive innovative solutions in big data understandability, providing tools for analysis and visualization that help customers make decisions.

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.

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.