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Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Electronics Engineer (Early Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


We are seeking a hardworking Electronics/Electrical Engineer. You will participate in our efforts to develop solutions for electrical and electromechanical systems in extreme, harsh, and high-temperature environments. Join our multi-disciplinary and passionate team of scientists and engineers to help develop state-of-the-art technology. Grow your network with leading researchers from multiple subject areas, expand your publication history, explore internal and external funding opportunities that can lead to further career development! Consider our position and experience what it is like to work at the largest national laboratory in the United States and enjoy the opportunity to work on R&D activities that directly benefit national security.

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

  • Develop groundbreaking, experimental high-temperature electronic and electromechanical systems for drilling, logging and monitoring.

  • Test design, evaluation, and publication of high temperature electronic component performance (i.e. data processing devices, ultracapacitors, passive components, and experimental devices).

  • Develop high-speed, high temperature data transfer methods (hardware, firmware, software).

  • Perform full suite engineering development including conceptual idea generation, design, fabrication, implementation, field testing, and performance analysis.

  • Participate in new research areas using modern technology.


  • Master's in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience in board level analog and digital circuit design, fabrication, troubleshooting, and testing of electrical and/or electromechanical systems

  • Experience with programming using at least one of the following languages; assembly, C, LabView, MatLab, Python, etc.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Proven experience with programming and using microcontrollers, and/or digital signal processors, and/or Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)

  • Strong debugging/problem-solving skills and ability to learn new skills and be creative as projects require

  • Demonstrated ability to independently determine and develop innovative approaches for solutions to a diverse range of problems

  • Familiarity with one or more electrical design/layout software packages such as Altium, OrCAD, EagleCAD, Synplicity, PSpice, etc.

  • Understanding of mechanical design and electromechanical systems

  • Proficiency with SolidWorks and/or other mechanical CAD software

  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to perform in a high functioning environment

    Department Description:

The Geothermal Research Department is an organization that delivers unique solutions for customers who require components and systems capable of operating in harsh and often high-temperature environments. The historical mission of the department was to address technology needs related to the development of geothermal energy (a baseload renewable energy resource); in particular accessing, monitoring and engineering of geothermal resources in subsurface geologic environments. This mission continues, but the capabilities of the organization have also been leveraged to address other issues of national importance. Current activities are broad in scope and require the efforts of multidisciplinary technical teams with expertise in mechanical engineering, drilling technologies, electronics, geosciences, materials, sensors, and explosives/propellants.Examples of areas being addressed by the department include:-Improving the performance of drilling technologies in hard-rock environments.-Development of high-temperature electronic and electromechanical systems for drilling, logging and monitoring.-Environmentally friendly reservoir simulation technology development.Our customer base spans a wide variety of governmental and private sponsors, and we work closely with the geothermal power industry, oil & gas developers, service companies, other national laboratories and academia. In addition, the department maintains and continually updates a wide variety of unique testing capabilities for evaluation of technologies in simulated downhole environments.

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.

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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.