Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

The Nuclear Weapon Security Advanced Concepts Department is seeking a staff member with a background in power electronics and embedded systems to support development and testing of new technologies to meet challenging and diverse weapon surety needs!

Our department is looking for an Electrical Engineer who, on any given day, will be challenged to:

  • Design, develop, and test advanced power electronics using circuit design and layout tools.
  • Design and conduct experiments, including prototype electronics and sensors, small circuit boards, in-lab system-to-system integration, and large field tests.
  • Design, develop, analyze, and test embedded systems, including custom circuit boards, microcontroller firmware, and/or field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
  • Design, develop, analyze, and test advanced and innovative sensor technologies
  • Work as part of an enthusiastic team and collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) across the lab.
  • Write and present technical papers.


  • An advance degree (Masters or PhD) in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM discipline OR a Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM discipline and at least 6 years of related experience
  • Experience or interest in the design and development of Power Electronics
  • Demonstrated experience in the design of electronic systems: Developing schematics, using circuit board layout tools, microcontrollers and/or FPGA circuits, electronic circuit modeling/simulation
  • Demonstrated experience in software/firmware development
  • Demonstrated experience in data acquisition and signal analysis
  • Ability to travel


  • Experience in design, modeling, simulation, and testing of power electronics circuits
  • Expertise in electromagnetics
  • You possess experience with radiation hardened electronics and radiation testing methodologies
  • Experience in sensor design and characterization
  • Experience in the qualification of systems for use in high consequence applications
  • You have familiarity with Nuclear Weapon Use Control and Security Concepts
  • Ability to participate equally well in a follower or leadership role
  • Good interpersonal skills as well as excellent written and oral communication capabilities
  • Current and active DOE Q-level security clearance

Department Description:

The Nuclear Weapon Security (NWS) Advanced Concepts Department is responsible for jointly pursuing with the Nuclear Weapons community innovative concepts and new technologies to meet emerging and future surety needs. The Department draws on the Lab's diverse scientific and engineering communities to explore and realize novel system designs that are assured, flexible, anticipatory, and affordable.

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) Q-level 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 must 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.

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.