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R&D Electrical Engineer, Space Ground Systems- (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 687843

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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:

We are seeking a dedicated R&D Electrical Engineer with advanced knowledge in at least one electrical engineering domain, experience in systems engineering, and experience with coordinating technical projects. Successful applicants will work to develop tangible technical solutions in both the space and ground segment domain in response to sponsor requests. This includes projects involving space payload development, to researching novel ground system architectures.

Selected candidates will influence improvements in space/ground system performance and quality. Join our dynamic team to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

  • Champion the technical performance and integrity of an existing satellite-based RF system for our government sponsors by monitoring, assessing, modeling, and/or testing impacts to the existing system from environmental and subsystem changes

  • Support trade studies on subsystem or system alternatives and associated performance enhancements or impacts to required performance

  • Assess and recommend subsystem or system upgrades and modifications against required performance

  • Support systems engineering efforts to assess existing requirements, derive new requirements, and perform impact analysis in response to proposed capability enhancements

  • Lead or support system baseline or regression tests verifying consistency/uniformity of system performance resulting from subsystem changes or system aging

  • Prepare and present technical reports on current and future system performance

  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams

This position will require moderate levels of travel (e.g. 4-8 out of town trips per year). This position requires the candidate to work onsite full time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or relevant field plus 5 years’ relevant experience; or Master’s degree in the above stated fields plus 2 or more years related experience

  • Experience developing and drafting technical reports

  • Experience developing, testing, or troubleshooting integrated (hardware, software, firmware) electrical systems.

  • Experience with systems and electrical engineering concepts and development

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience on projects with a desired emphasis in the satellite business

  • Self-motivated, possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, and strong written and verbal skills

  • Experience RF communications systems and principles

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Digital communications systems and principles

  • Occasional off-hour work support

  • Proven experience developing and presenting technical briefings

  • Strong experience in the aerospace industry primarily in RF communications/telemetry system design, engineering and/or analysis

  • Experience balancing competing requirements for performance and schedule

  • Experience documenting processes and procedures

  • Ability to gain/learn additional technical fundamentals, concepts, and tools

  • Experience with Requirements management tools (e.g. Doors)

  • Active DOE Q or DoD TS clearance or SCI clearance

About Our Team:

Provides research and development (R&D), systems engineering, project management, and payload development articles for the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (Burst Detector Analysis payload) and to a variety of DOE and government sponsors. Once a payload is designed and delivered, it is typical for the organization to maintain cradle-to-grave involvement throughout the life of the payload. The organization uses TRL 1 through 9 technologies to provide the sponsor(s) with a complete integrated systems solution on the project due dates. This includes conducting R&D, transitioning R&D into the application, and fielding complete payloads. The department also works closely with ground systems to ensure that data needs are met.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 687843

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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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