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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer Org. 5322 (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about research and development that supports high impact national security missions? Do you dream of advancing the state of the art in support of national security objectives? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join a team of top creative thinkers in applying electrical engineering skills to help secure our nation.

The Navigation, Pointing, and Controls (NPC) Department at Sandia supports a diverse set of customers and technologies and currently has opportunities available. The department specializes in inertial navigation using inertial measurement units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, ultra-accurate position and velocity measurements for synthetic aperture radars (SAR), gimbal pointing with micro-radian accuracy for airborne and space remote sensing, modeling and simulation of space and earth-based navigation and tracking systems, and a variety of controls problems. The department includes personnel with expertise in navigation, guidance, estimation, Kalman filters, controls, embedded systems, inertial devices, and many others. Some of the work areas include: hypersonic vehicle GNC algorithm development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle GNC algorithm development, GPS-denied navigation, physics-based mission analysis of full system vehicle engagements, missile flight trajectory and attitude reconstruction, satellite constellation performance analysis, and HWIL/SWIL simulators.

You will work alongside world-class authorities and emerging leaders and use your skills in any of the following:

  • Embedded systems
  • Component/system electrical design (hardware, firmware, and software)
  • Algorithm development in estimation, navigation, control systems, dynamics, optimization, Kalman filtering and signal processing theory
  • Modeling, simulation, and visualization of electrical systems and phenomenon
  • Data capture and analytics
  • Verification & Validation techniques
  • Communication, control, and data acquisition systems

Based on your interests, you will improve national security by engaging in areas that could include:

  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Hypersonic vehicles
  • Integrated defense systems
  • Nuclear weapons and deterrence
  • Product development and realization
  • Radar, RF, and optical systems
  • Remote sensing and surveillance
  • Satellite systems

This position may require travel to support current efforts and identify new opportunities for growing our capabilities and impact.


  • Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering or in a related STEM discipline.
  • Experience in electrical engineering.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.


  • Advanced Degree(s) in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Electronics Engineering or Mathematics
  • Experience in defense, aerospace and/or weapon systems
  • Experience in one or more of the following: electrical design, modeling & simulation, systems integration
  • Working knowledge/experience with real-time embedded systems development.
  • Working knowledge/experience with optimal estimation algorithms, such as Extended Kalman Filters, as applied to motion estimation or navigation.
  • Understanding of radar and radio frequency theory/concepts as related to navigation systems.
  • Experience working effectively in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment
  • Ability to understand a variety of technical disciplines
  • Superb communication, partnership, and people skills with demonstrable ability to perform effectively in a teaming environment
  • Critical thinking, synthesis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize, lead, and complete projects within appropriate scope and timeframe
  • Ability to obtain an SCI clearance

Department Description:

The NPC and Systems Integration Department delivers motion-measurement and motion-control solutions. We specialize in navigation using inertial measurement units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS), ultra-accurate position and velocity measurements for synthetic aperture radars, gimbal pointing with microradian accuracy for airborne and space remote sensing, and a variety of controls problems (e.g., wafer and mask positioning with nanometer accuracy for semiconductor manufacturing).

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.