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R&D Manager for Radar ISR Real Time Processing Department (5348)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691542

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) group (5340) is seeking an R&D Manager to lead the Radar ISR Real Time Processing Department (5348) in delivering critical solutions across a broad range of missions. Our scientists and engineers partner with academia, industry and government on every aspect of airborne RF remote sensing, from mechanical and electronics design to radar systems analysis, advanced signal processing, and data visualization. As the successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to lead a highly motivated, innovative, dynamic team of staff and technologists toward the realization and delivery of differentiating new radar capabilities to meet emerging national security challenges.

On any given day, you may be asked to

  • Recruit, screen, and hire technical staff.

  • Coach staff in technical project development & execution, career growth, and Sandia behaviors.

  • Partner effectively with Center 5300's ES&H, security, administrative, financial, business and HR professionals.

  • Work collaboratively with the 5340 leadership team to manage our diverse and growing portfolio of RF programs.

  • Identify business opportunities, develop proposals, and perform outreach with our sponsor community.

  • Some travel may be required.

  • Ensure our projects and programs are executing on time and on budget to meet our sponsors' highest expectations.

Qualifications We Require:

  • BS in a STEM discipline, plus 8 years of related experience.

  • Demonstrated technical and programmatic leadership experience as either a program technical lead or a manager.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand, communicate, and manage software engineering program risk.

  • An active DoD TS clearance or Department of Energy Q clearance.

  • The ability to obtain an SCI Clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, your background will also include some of the following:

  • Master's degree preferred but not required.

  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in software architecture design and implementation.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Track record of enabling teams to deliver production-grade software.

  • Experience leading teams working across a diverse portfolio of engineering software applications.

  • Demonstrated success in collaboratively building and/or leading interdisciplinary and cross-organizational technical teams.

  • Ability to lead hybrid/remote teams.

  • Experience in developing business/programs or working with DoD, Special Operations Forces and/or Intelligence Community.

  • Excellent presentation, proposal development, and negotiation skills.

  • Prior technical experience that includes system performance analysis and design.

  • Familiarity with robust software engineering development.

  • Successful experience delivering and supporting advanced technology for an end-user community.

  • Current US DOE Q security clearance with active SCI clearance.

About Our Team:

Sandia National Laboratories offers state-of-the-art capability in the design and development of Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems, from system design through system integration to data collection and analysis. As a multidisciplinary laboratory, Sandia applies world-class expertise, such as high performance computer processing, semiconductor device physics, mechanical stress analysis, flight dynamics, motion measurement, etc., to the difficult problems Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) systems may present.

Department 5348, ISR Real-Time Processing, develops and delivers highly advanced digital hardware and software solutions to meet the demands of embedded processing for advanced radar (SAR/GMTI) and other advanced RF system development activities. Software development capabilities include: object-oriented analysis and design, operating system development, configuration and setup, quality attribute driven design, model-driven development, component-based development in support of a software product line, automated testing, low-level driver software for COTS and custom hardware, real-time embedded software, concurrent software for multi-core processors and GPUs, and GUI software. Digital design capabilities and duties include: advanced digital signal processing (analysis, simulation and implementation), high speed ASIC and FPGA design, use of common digital interface architectures with embedded processors, high-speed PCB design (digital and mixed-signal), and VHDL design, simulation, implementation and testing.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Job ID: 691542

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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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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