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R&D Electrical Engineer - (Experienced) (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693622

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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

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  • 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*

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Sandia’s Autonomous Sensing & Perception team is currently seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer to join their team.

The selected candidate will perform research and development work focused on making orbital, aerial, and terrestrial sensors and their associated platforms and support equipment more autonomous through the application of cutting-edge remote sensing and perception methods. A primary focus for this position will be development and advancement of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) automated target recognition (ATR) tools and capabilities.

The successful applicant will have experience in relevant technical areas such as: image and signal processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, algorithm development, remote sensing, data exploitation, and high-performance computing.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Analyze data from sensor collections to identify and explore potential quantitative approaches that would allow for information to be automatically extracted from the data and properly contextualized for higher-confidence autonomous decision making.

  • Develop algorithms that will enable the autonomous processing of multiple live sensor streams in real time, in both data center and edge environments.

  • Implement and deploy high potential approaches in software, working closely with diverse teams of scientists and engineers from across Sandia and external partner organizations (government, academia, industry) that are designing and building multiple sensor systems, platforms, and ground stations.

    Some travel is required for this position. Due to the nature of the work, this candidate must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or other relevant technical degree, plus 2 years of relevant professional experience.

  • Experience with:

  • Generating new basic and applied concepts, proposing those concepts to sponsors, building and leading project teams to turn concepts into mature capabilities, and deploying those capabilities into high-consequence operational environments

  • C, C++, or Python

  • GitHub and Docker

  • Linux operating systems and the ability to perform technical work in a Linux environment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level clearance and SCI-level clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with:

  • Performing rigorous analysis and algorithm development with large volumes of sensor data

  • Synthetic remote sensing data generation packages and/or remote sensing data analysis software

  • Communicating technical results through technical writing (e.g., journal articles, conference proceedings, white papers, reports) or technical presentations (e.g., conference presentations, sponsor/customer briefings)

  • Performing independent technical work effectively in a close, diverse, multidisciplinary, team environment

  • Familiarity with:

  • Image and signal processing, including frequency domain analysis

  • Synthetic aperture radar imaging systems and associated automated target recognition technologies

  • Foundational knowledge of imaging systems and imaging geometry for remote sensing applications (e.g., Radar, Lidar, EO/IR), or relevant technical area

  • An active DOE L- or Q-level security clearance or other equivalent active security clearance

About Our Team:

Autonomous Sensing & Perception develops, implements, and deploys quantitative methods for the detection, identification, classification, localization, mapping, and contextualization of objects and events of interest in orbital, aerial, and terrestrial sensor data to support autonomous decision making by associated platforms and their support equipment. It is focused on the entire technology maturation spectrum from new and rapidly-maturing technologies, through development, to preparing them for use in operational environments, deploying them, and maintaining them once deployed.

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.

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.

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.

Job ID: 693622

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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