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Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Electronics Engineer (Experienced) 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.


The Geophysics Department is seeking an innovative and dedicated individual to work as an Electronics Engineer. The selected applicant will participate in our efforts to develop solutions for electrical and electromechanical accelerometers and systems in extreme, harsh, high-temperature environments for nuclear nonproliferation, treaty verification monitoring, and other geophysical applications.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on and lead R&D activities that directly benefit national security. Examples include border security/surveillance, ground-based nuclear explosion monitoring and treaty verification, fossil energy upstream oil & gas, waste disposal monitoring, climate change, and geologic site characterization. You can explore opportunities to grow your network with leading researchers from multiple fields, expand your publication history, and explore internal and external funding opportunities that can lead to further career development.

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

  • Develop creative and groundbreaking, experimental electronic and electromechanical systems for downhole instrumentation and sensing applications

  • Lead and support high impact geophysical field experiments and campaigns

  • Perform full suite engineering development including conceptual idea generation, design, fabrication, implementation, field testing, and performance analysis of accelerometer and sensing systems

  • Participate in new, creative research areas using state of the art technology, interact closely with customers, and produce high-quality results, which can include limited-distribution deliverables, publications, patents, conference presentations, reports, etc., depending on sponsor requirements


  • Master's degree with 4 years of relevant experience; or PhD in Electrical/Electronics Engineering or related STEM field

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

  • Software development using at least one of the following languages such as assembly, C, LabView, MatLab, Python, etc.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance with SCI access, which may require a polygraph test


  • Familiarity with accelerometers (surface or downhole)

  • Experience in seismology or geophysics related applications

  • Knowledge of various seismic and infrasound data formats and respective analysis methodologies

  • Strong organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts and results at multiple levels

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

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

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

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

  • Experience in mechanical design and electromechanical systems

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

  • Ability to analyze data and publish in peer-reviewed journals

  • Familiarity with data transmission system and techniques (hardware, firmware, software)

  • Familiarity with SolidWorks and/or other mechanical CAD software

    Department Description:

The Geophysics department performs research and development in support of Sandia's mission as a national security laboratory. This support includes climate and energy systems, nuclear explosion monitoring and nonproliferation, global and national security, and nuclear weapons. The department has a broad range of expertise in field deployments, computational modeling, seismic and electromagnetic subsurface characterization, atmospheric and infrasound modeling, sensor and system-level calibration and testing, and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of geophysical data. The department serves as a leading resource for geophysics expertise, and our technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied.

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.