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RD Electronics Technologist - Systems Research (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688660

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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.

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you enjoy working with low power electronics, are computer savvy, and thrive on figuring out how devices work? Are you interested in applying your skills to develop meaningful technologies in the interest of nation’s security?

The Systems Research Department is seeking a dynamic and motivated R&D Electronics Technologist to work with design engineers and other technologists on developing strategies for testing and evaluating electronic systems. The selected candidate will perform a variety of roles and responsibilities that go from troubleshooting hardware, benchtop software/hardware testing, and maintaining general lab operations. The role is very dynamic as tasking may change on a moment notice.

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

  • Perform assembly and rework/repair of printed circuit board, cables and other components intended for use in experimental lab setups or for critical applications.

  • Conduct thorough testing of embedded devices to ensure software/hardware operability.

  • Balance work to support multiple organizations while still maintaining lab ownership and other daily personnel responsibilities with the aid and direction of the manager. The work will entail not only electronics assembly, but also preparation of kits for electronic assemblies for outside assembly, diagnosis of failed electronic assemblies, preparation and participation in field tests, and operation of a variety of mechanical assembly and/or fabrication.

  • Work independently while knowing SME’s are available when challenges arise or guidance is needed.

  • Reasonably expect to be a lab owner and alternate lab owner.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associates Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related technical field plus four (4) years of experience or;

  • Bachelor’s degree in the above fields

  • Active DOE Q clearance

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a SCI-level security clearance, which may require a polygraph

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience:

  • reading electrical drawings and schematics

  • bench testing of electronic components and circuit assemblies using oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, spectrum analyzers, and network analyzers

  • using assembly tools such as a solder iron, microscope, hot plate, hot air pen, oven, etc.

  • developing, programming, operating, and interpreting data using electronic laboratory test equipment for performance evaluation

  • Ability to read assembly drawings, schematics, Bill of Materials (BOM) and component part markings as well as working with electronic assemblies and components susceptible to damage by electrostatic discharge

  • Good communication, computer, and analytical skills

  • Ability to fabricate custom cables, circuit boards, or custom hardware platforms

  • Active SCI security clearance

About Our Team:

The Systems Research Department (5962) performs R&D and analysis of mission-critical mechanical and electronic systems for various government agencies and data science/data analytics research. We provide engineering research and development for Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program sponsors. We provide cradle-to-grave assessment support. The team functions in a fast paced, multitasking environment and focuses on meeting customer reequipments and deliverable timelines that enable mission success.

Working in our department is a unique opportunity.

  • Staff are extremely passionate about the mission and customers.

  • Outstanding work environment that provides technical challenges and encourages Innovation.

  • A team with diverse backgrounds that supports each other to achieve results.

  • Opportunities to growth professionally.

  • Significate impact on national security.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

Job ID: 688660

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • 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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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