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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Microelectronics Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about research that explores the detailed functioning of microelectronic devices? Are you energized by the chance to impact the security and robustness of devices over a diverse set of technologies and applications? If so, you will want to apply for this opportunity to join Sandia's unique multidisciplinary team committed to solving information security device challenges facing our nation.

As part of our team, you will engage in work across the technology spectrum including commercial and custom microelectronics platforms. To support Sandia's national security missions, our cybersecurity scientists and engineers engage in a variety of research areas including:

  • Deep physical analysis of legacy/modern semiconductor devices, circuit structures, and memories.
  • Assessment of advanced electrical device characteristics, circuits and logic behaviors.
  • Development, advancement and application of novel analysis techniques & tools.
  • Detection of residual flaws and unexpected physical/functional behaviors.
  • Novel approaches for protecting devices and circuits from external influences.


  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in a related discipline; or Bachelor’s in a related discipline plus 4 years’ experience.
  • The use of analytical tools/techniques for understanding detailed device functionality and/or failures.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance and SCI which may require polygraph testing.


Ideally, we would like for your background to include some of the following:

  • Degree(s) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, or an applicable equivalent STEM degree.
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience in the analysis of modern digital semiconductor devices & circuits.
  • Familiarity with modern commercial microprocessors, processor cores, and programmable logic devices.
  • Experience in applying analytical techniques using (for example) electron beam or laser microscopy tools.
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Active DOD/DOE TS/Q security clearance, with an active SCI clearance with polygraph test.

Department Description:

This department focuses on developing and executing microelectronics hardware analysis research programs, working collaboratively with Sandia's S&T community and external partners to inform and engage them in mission-enabling applied research for a variety of national security customers. In addition, this department is responsible for providing mission leadership to Sandia's state-of-the-art assessment capabilities that enable solutions to a breadth of embedded system and microelectronics measurement and analysis problems.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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 SCI security clearance.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.