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R&D Electrical Engineer/Semiconductor Automated Test Equipment (ATE) (Experienced) - ONSITE

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691797

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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

  • 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D Electrical Engineer to join our team.

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

  • Evaluate, develop, and debug complex test methods for microelectronics.

  • Design hardware for testing, for example load boards and probe cards.

  • Use tester platforms and lab instrumentation (ATE, oscilloscopes, DMMs, etc.) to verify performance of test programs.

  • Collaborate with design, failure analysis, burn-in, and system engineers as well as maintenance and safety personnel.

  • Perform sustaining engineering work to ensure test equipment uptime and efficiency.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM field plus five (5) years' experience or;

  • Master's degree in relevant STEM field plus one (1) year experience or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

  • Programming Automated Test Equipment (ATE) using C++ or other object-oriented language

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD. in a relevant STEM field

  • Experience with semiconductor testers such as the Cohu, DiamondX, Verigy 93000, NP EXA 3000, and Teradyne Catalyst

  • Experience:

  • developing FPGA- or microcontroller-based systems, including the software, firmware, and hardware required to realize these systems

  • analyzing and compiling data (JMP, Matlab, or Excel)

  • developing and implementing test plans for characterization, final test, and wafer sort testing

  • designing device interface boards, debugging, and releasing devices (mostly ASICs) to production

  • Scripting program knowledge: Python, Perl, Unix

  • Ability to work independently and collaborate well in a diverse team of designers and test engineers

About Our Team:

Sandia's Product Engineering department is responsible for science-based microelectronics, MEMS, and optoelectronics testing for both internal and external customers. We meet these responsibilities by developing and employing state-of-the-art functional and reliability tests and failure analysis techniques. We perform our work in a fast-paced, multi-project, team environment requiring extensive customer interaction.

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: 691797

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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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  • 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

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