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R&D Electrical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689509

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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:

$88,600 - $172,300 *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:

Our team is seeking mixed-mode/power/digital electrical design engineers to participate in the development of advanced RF systems and antenna designs and concepts in support of a broad range of defense, interagency, special communications, and other programs and R&D initiatives.

On any given day, the successful candidate may be called upon to:

  • Analyze, design, and develop electronic circuits, subsystems, and modules

  • Create electronic designs and verify designs through simulation and testing

  • Capture schematics and printed circuit board design and layout

  • Perform system-level design and integration

  • Lead and participate in conceptual design and review

  • Conduct laboratory and field system testing and data analysis

  • Team effectively with the organization’s expertise in RF electronics, mechanical, software, and algorithm development

  • Deliver hardware within schedule and budgetary constraints

Candidates are expected to have experience and understanding in the application of principles, theories, concepts, and practices relating to electronic system design, to perform modeling and simulation in support of design and analysis activities, and to participate in experimental testing of completed designs. Candidates must have the ability to work successfully in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, teaming environment.

This position requires on-site work in a collaborative electronics laboratory environment using iterative/agile methods to develop capabilities and requires occasional travel of approximately 4 trips per year.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a relevant STEM discipline; or equivalent combination of experience and education

  • Schematic capture tools such as Mentor Graphics Xpedition, Altium, OrCAD, etc.

  • Ability to work successfully in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, teaming environment

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a relevant STEM discipline

  • Electronic design for mixed signal circuits and simulation

  • Design of amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, digital-to-analog converters, digital design, FPGA, power regulation circuits, or micro processors

  • Experience with design, fabrication, and testing of one or more of the following: printed antennas, conformal antennas, RF communications architectures, RF front ends, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and circuits, phase locked loops and synthesizers, mixers, filters, other RF components, etc.

  • Serial interface communication standards

  • Electronic circuit verification via simulation

  • Laboratory test equipment to help test and verify electronic hardware

  • Experience with RF circuit layout and RF PCB manufacturing techniques

  • Working knowledge of a high-level programming language such as C, C++, Java, Python, etc.

  • Willingness to make independent contributions to diverse, multi-disciplinary team efforts

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and make decisions

  • Demonstrated ability to lead individuals and teams in the process of technology development and innovation

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance and an active SCI-level Clearance or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret and SCI-level clearance.

About Our Team:

The Radar and Signal Analysis Department provides system analysis and design, algorithm development, and hardware development for a wide variety of radio-frequency (RF) communications, EW/ECM, geolocation, and radar missions. Our hardware expertise includes the design, low rate manufacture and sustainment of custom highly reliable RF and microwave systems for terrestrial, airborne, and spaceborne applications. Signal design and analysis expertise includes radar (fuzing, MTI, and SAR), digital communications, waveform development, waveform detection in contested environments, signal processing, receiver development, and coherent and traditional TTL. We actively work with our sponsors to understand their complete mission space, including exploitation of organic assets for novel capability and/or enhanced performance. We intimately partner with other departments within the Advanced RF business area and throughout Sandia to provide complete solutions to our sponsors.

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, 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.


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: 689509

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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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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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