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


We are seeking an experienced Electronics Engineer to join our diverse team. You will perform research that explores the detailed functioning of microelectronic devices. You will have opportunities to impact the security and robustness of devices over a diverse set of technologies and applications. 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
  • Novel approaches for protecting devices and circuits from external influences


  • You will have a Masters in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or a related field (no experience necessary); OR a Bachelor’s degree in an above-stated discipline, plus 2-3 years of relevant work experience
  • You possess experience with scanning electron microscopy and/or focused ion beam micro-machining technique


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: focused ion beam circuit edit and imaging; industrial IC manufacturing process engineering and failure analysis; or IC layout tools
  • Experience in the design and analysis of statistical experiments
  • Demonstrated successful execution of research-and-development projects, including project planning, defining milestones, and delivering results on time
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills for working in a team environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely
  • Existing Department of Energy OR Department of Defense security clearance

Department Description:

Department 5842 manages a diverse set of activities and program responsibilities surrounding microsystems assessment capability. Activities include a) overseeing the health of assessment capabilities to ensure customer deliverables are met today and tomorrow; b) partnering with research departments within 5800 and outside to develop and implement assessment technology and capability roadmaps to ensure future capability needs are met; c) leading assessment capability infrastructure projects to meet customer needs; d) partnering with cross program efforts between NW and DSA to further develop opportunities to strengthen/develop assessment capabilities; and e) providing cross cutting technical support for continuous improvement benefiting the Center 5800.

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 Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.