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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.


A rare opportunity to join the Vulnerability Capability Unit (VCU) has been created. Our team is seeking a highly motivated electronics/electrical engineer with RF experience to join the team. Our team is multi-faceted in that we work on many technology areas to meet our mission. Your primary focus will be in leading our RF efforts. Job duties may also include other roles in electrical/electronic engineering such as reverse engineering other’s designs to examine for technical vulnerabilities, supporting peers in performing experiments (e.g. data capture), the development of unique experiments/ leadership, brainstorming and conceptualization of vulnerability studies and communications with customers (either technical or programmatic). It is crucial to have the ability to collaborate with other SME’s of various skillsets to be successful in our area. This position requires occasional travel of 2-4 trips per year.

On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Research, develop, analyze and/or field test RF experiments

  • Brainstorming and developing electrical concepts to be tested and or validated

  • Develop and execute tests of various types, and conduct laboratory work including planning and operational constraints

  • Perform other research, analysis of electronic/electrical designs

  • Lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams of engineers and subject matter experts

  • Develop trust-based partnerships with organizations internal and external to Sandia

  • We also own a standalone high-performance computer, and as such, modeling solution opportunities exist within department

  • Peer review other VCU work.


  • Requires a Master’s (plus 6 years of experience) or PhD (plus 2 years of experience) in a relevant engineering field; or equivalent combination of education and experience (Bachelor’s degree plus eight or more years) to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Experience with RF/microwave systems

  • Experience using RF test equipment (e.g. spectrum analyzers, software defined radios, RF probes and antennas, oscilloscopes, function generators)

  • Experience in reverse engineering

  • Experience with engineering project management

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance (or DOD equivalent) and the ability to acquire and maintain a SCI clearance, and other accesses which may require a polygraph


  • Knowledge of the effects of RF/microwave on circuitry and electronic RF emanations

  • Knowledge of RF, Digital Communications, radar, and/or EW systems and principles

  • Ability to apply broad electrical engineering principles to technical problems

  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and document laboratory and field tests

  • Familiarity with analyzing FPGA firmware in VHDL or Verilog

  • Ability to work within a small diverse SME based team (2 to 10 people)

  • The ability to communicate technical information effectively and motivate decision makers

  • Desire to work with a highly diverse and driven project team delivering to multiple areas of our Nation’s Security

  • An active SCI clearance.

  • Familiarity with NNSA, DoD and IC organizations.

    Department Description:

    The Vulnerability Capability Unit (VCU) is part of the Threat Intelligence Center (TIC). Our customers include decision makers for a wide variety of missions whom we strive to support with vulnerability research and demonstrations that enable them to make security related decisions. Staff members come from all areas the STEM world and beyond. We pride ourselves in our technical approach, intellectual diversity, and our ability to answer difficult questions with data. Our customers have come to trust us with providing this data in a relevant and timely manner as well as extreme discretion with their critical information. To acquire this data, we develop and perform a wide array of discovery tests. These range in type from materials to electrical to mechanical to explosives to software analysis and digital design. To support this variety of testing capabilities, we have multiple laboratories and long-standing partners.

    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*

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  • 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.