Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer - Data Systems Engineering (Entry/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Data Systems Engineering Group is looking for dedicated Research and Development (R&D) Engineers that are interested in collaborating within a high performing team on next generation technologies to provide solutions to America's security applications. You will engineer and deliver technology solutions across the entire spectrum of mission data (producers, consumers, transport, and analysis). You will have opportunities to propose and participate in internal R&D efforts. You will also have opportunities to work in areas such as; electrical modeling and analysis, printed circuit board/component level circuit design, electrical sub-system integration and test, failure analysis and diagnosis, and system field test opportunities within the Nuclear Weapon, Satellite, Radar, and Missile Defense program areas.

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

You will join high performing technical teams that handle the design, development, qualification, and delivery of highly specialized components and subsystems. These systems are designed to meet demanding performance specifications, offer extremely high reliability, enable integration and interfacing to complex host systems, and meet stringent survivability requirements in adverse environments. You will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions in a wide variety of disciplines including analog and digital design and development, embedded development for real-time systems, data processing and analysis to include image and signal processing applications, network and communications technology, trusted systems design and development, testing/fielding complex hardware and software systems, and exploratory data analytics and applied data science. You will be exposed to a variety of hardware and software development environments and methodologies spanning traditional waterfall development and systems engineering to agile development processes.

Some travel required.


  • Bachelor's and Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in electrical engineering or relevant discipline, or Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or relevant discipline plus 4 or more years of related experience
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • Advanced degree in engineering
  • Experience in board-level and/or component level circuit design, RF and Optical communication system design, image processing and data analysis
  • Expertise in designing digital and/or analog circuitry including sensors in a mix of technologies (FPGA, Mixed Signal, ASIC) in varied design environments (Model-Based Design, VHDL, Verilog, schematic, physical layout/semiconductors).
  • Expertise in software development for low-level programming and model-based programming applications.
  • Experience in developing telemetry and trusted systems including data recorders and fire sets.
  • Experience with modeling, design, test, and analysis tools. Examples include Simulink, Matlab, PSpice, OrCad, Mentor Graphics, Altium, Labview, and others.
  • Ability to test and debug systems with the archival of test/debug evidence.
  • Understanding of systems engineering and design quality processes. Examples include AS9100, ANSI/EIA-632, and other industry standards.
  • Work across a wide variety of engineering and science disciplines to integrate lower level designs and delivered subsystems into a complete system across hardware, software, mechanical, aerospace, and other domains or disciplines.
  • Familiarity with hardware and/or software requirements generation for verification, validation and qualification.
  • Ability to develop systems in compliance with industry standards and requirements such as ISO9000, IPC, and others.
  • Work with commercial or contracted suppliers to acquire hardware, software, or custom components with appropriate procurement rigor.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to thrive in a team setting for a common purpose.
  • Oral and written communication skills, typically evidenced and proven through technical publications and presentations. Examples can include academic work products, peer-reviewed conferences and publications, internal and external product and/or system whitepapers and technical briefings, test plans and procedures, etc.
  • Proven ability to execute and deliver technical work products with application of appropriate rigor and pedigree documentation (design/code reviews, technical oversight/approvals, project team concurrence, artifact generation, etc).
  • Active security clearance.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance, which may require a counterintelligence polygraph.
  • Demonstrated ability to bound/estimate and deliver systems and/or components within negotiated cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Domain knowledge or system experience in any or all of the following areas: nuclear weapons, satellites and payloads, and/or aerospace and flight programs.

Department Description:

The Weapons Design and Assurance Center (2600) is a multi-discipline, product-focused organization that provides engineering design, components, subsystems, integration, testing, and field support for nuclear weapons and other high-consequence national security applications. Examples of these applications include the development of satellite and other space-flight and airborne payloads, testing for high consequence military programs, nuclear weapon safety mechanisms, high reliability electronic products, telemetry and software systems, and data science and analytics. The Center is divided into four main competencies: Advanced Mechanical Design, Firing & Embedded Systems, Hi-Reliability Electronic Products, and Data Systems Engineering.

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*

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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 origin, disability, or veteran status.