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R&D Electrical Engineer - Remote Sensing Systems (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688073

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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:

$101,400 - $201,400 *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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you have a special interest in defense and national security? We are seeking a driven R&D Electrical Engineer to join our engineering team and work cohesively to handle a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. Join us in supporting engineering efforts across all phases of projects spanning from conceptual-design studies to assembly, build, and test!

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

  • Evaluate new electronic components for use in satellite, ground station, and consumer products.

  • Develop automation for component library management, component parametric information, and supply chain integration.

  • Perform failure analysis, drive root cause investigations and corrective actions for component related issues.

  • Optimize products by driving design component commonality and reuse, and execute up-screening campaigns to determine suitability of commercial electronics for the mission environment.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Electronics, Computer Engineering or in a relevant field, plus eight (8) or more years of directly related experience; Or Master's degree as stated above, plus five (5) years of directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in the following:

  • Supporting Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) electronics, qualification, and applications.

  • Technical project management experience

  • Mil-Spec and space qualified electronics.

  • Electronic design from concept through schematic capture, PCB layout, fabrication, assembly, and test/verification.

  • Radiation effects testing of electronics

  • Troubleshooting Electronic Assemblies down to the component level

  • Performing failure analysis and destructive physical analysis investigations to provide corrective actions and paths to closure

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: semiconductor physics, physics of failure, accelerated testing, design for reliability, EEE component design

  • Understanding of different package types for electronic components

  • Advanced understanding of manufacturing systems for electronic components

  • Knowledge of accelerated test profiles for component-level screening and qualification testing

  • Presentation skills to clearly communicate status of projects, issues, path forward, etc.

  • Ability to efficiently multi-task projects and roles within projects.

  • Current and active DOE "Q" security clearance or "L" clearance with ability to obtain a "Q".

About Our Team:

The Remote Sensing Systems Group (06780) provides the competencies necessary for harnessing and developing the world’s best technologies, practices, and suppliers for realizing advanced remote sensing systems. The RSS Group leads and implements the design, fabrication, integration, testing, and delivery of the Global Burst Detection (GBD) Program Satellite Payloads. We provide a broad competency base of needed skill sets for the development of advanced satellite payloads, nuclear deterrence (ND) support needs, and other work for others (WFO) programs. We can use our unique capabilities and team with others to provide end-to-end program needs. Embedded within the group are strengths in analog/digital design, embedded electronic design, software design, electronic fabrication and testing, optical science and design of optical sensor systems, power systems, test and integration utilizing space environmental test capabilities, and system tester development.

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: 688073

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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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