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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.


We are seeking an innovative and hardworking individual to use your skills in Electronics Engineering to develop solutions for electrical and electromechanical systems in extreme, harsh, high-temperature environments to advance the technology of geothermal resources exploration and production.

Do you want to be involved in the solution for some of the greatest challenges that we face as a nation? Do you value diversity and want to join a multi-disciplinary team? As part of our dedicated team of scientists and engineers you will help to develop state-of-the-art technologies that advance the deployment of Renewable Energy and address issues related to Climate Change. You will work on and lead R&D activities that directly benefit national security.

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

  • Work with our team to develop creative and groundbreaking, experimental electronic and electromechanical systems for downhole instrumentation and sensing applications

  • Perform test design, evaluation and publication of high temperature electronic component performance (data processing devices, ultracapacitors, passive components, experimental devices)

  • Develop communication techniques (hardware, firmware, software) for downhole applications

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

  • Participate in new, creative research areas using state of the art technology, interact closely with customers, and be afforded the opportunity to develop, improve, and lead projects of national importance


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

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

  • Software development using one or more languages such as assembly, C, LabView, MatLab, Python, etc.

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


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

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

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing

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

  • Familiarity with SolidWorks and/or other mechanical CAD software

    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 used 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.