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


Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team and solve significant issues and challenges for our nation's security!

We need your help in exploring and developing innovative concepts and new technologies to meet challenging and diverse national security needs spanning across security systems, robotics, unmanned aerial systems, and transportation systems. Our department is looking for an Electrical Engineer who, on any given day, may be challenged to:

  • Design production level security sensor systems from PCB design through system level design, ensuring customer requirements are met
  • Research, develop, analyze, and test embedded systems, including custom circuit boards, microcontroller firmware, and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)
  • Research/develop/analyze/test advanced and innovative sensor technologies
  • Design and conduct experiments to evaluate sensor technologies/system performance
  • Conduct environmental testing, qualification of development and production hardware
  • Document conducted research, development, and testing results
  • Participate in integration activities with other engineers and product realization teams

Ability to travel will be needed in this role.


  • An advance degree: PhD in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field plus 1 year of related experience; OR Master’s degree, per above, plus 3 years related experience
  • Can obtain a DOE Q clearance with Sigma 15 caveat


  • Experience in the following:

  • Design and testing to include one or more of the following: analog and/or digital circuit design, RF system design, embedded system design, and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) effects on electronics

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment and collaborate with internal organizations and external production facilities and suppliers
  • Software/firmware development
  • Design of electronic systems using microcontrollers and/or FPGAs
  • Writing technical reports and development of briefing materials
  • Design and evaluation of high-rigor production printed circuit boards/electrical systems
  • Design of circuits employing microcontrollers or FPGAs
  • Design and use of wireless communication systems
  • Modern software engineering design/development/testing
  • Power electronics and understanding of electromagnetics
  • Development of robotic systems and employment of artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Development and operation of manned and unmanned aircraft
  • Reverse engineering
  • Sensor design and characterization
  • Qualification testing of systems for use in high consequence applications
  • Good interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Experience working on engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects
  • Familiarity with development of specifications for components
  • Tools/Programs: C/C++, SPICE, LTSpice, MATLAB, LabVIEW, ModelSim, HDL, EAGLEPCB, Mentor Graphics, Oscilloscopes, Spectrum analyzers
  • Top-notch verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling
  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team focused environment
  • Currently holding an active security clearance; DOE Q or DOD TS

Department Description:

The mission of the Technology Development Department is to provide a national resource demonstrating proven Sandia capabilities & expertise across multiple federal agencies in pursuit of high performance, cost-effective, and timely physical security technologies for DOE and DoD critical assets.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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.