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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Microwave & Sensor Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of using innovative facilities to explore solutions? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? If so, Organizations 05497, Directed Energy Missions, and 05499, Directed Energy Applications, are currently seeking motivated and experienced R&D Microwave and Senor Engineers to join their teams!

The selected candidate will lead specialized RF projects, RF design and testing, antenna design and testing, and electromagnetic (EM) analysis. Projects will also include designing systems and components for High Power Microwave (HPM) applications as well as evaluating the effectiveness of HPM sources and vulnerabilities of systems to an HPM attack.

Candidates applying on this requisition may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Design RF systems, subsystems, and components

  • Design and implement various RF experiments, from UHF through W-band

  • Design and test microwave antennas

  • Conduct electromagnetic analysis

  • Design HPM weapon systems and components

  • Implement HPM vulnerability testing

  • Analyze test data and communicate results (oral presentations and written reports) to customers

  • Shape the future through the introduction of new concepts and the applications of advanced technologies

  • Write project proposals

  • Collaborate with customers and partners

  • Provide timely delivery on commitments

  • Mentor less experienced staff members and technologies

  • Participate in professional societies and conferences

Travel to sponsor sites, field testing, training, or conferences is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a relevant STEM field, plus 2 years experience in Applied Electromagnetics such as Antenna, Radio Frequency (RF) or Directed Energy Design & Development

  • The ability to occasionally travel

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI-level clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a relevant STEM degree, with a concentration in Applied Electromagnetics

  • Experience with electronic warfare to include attacks on hardware or software (cyber)

  • A self-starter able to adapt to fast-paced, DoD customer-focused operations, with an emphasis on meeting deliverables

  • Experience in antenna design, RF diagnostics and instrumentation, EM testing, and data analysis, in the RF and microwave frequency range (100 MHz through 100 GHz)

  • Experience with the following software tools: electromagnetic codes (HFSS, CST, Maxwell, FEKO, etc.), circuit codes (PSpice, Xyce, AST, etc.), MATLAB, Python or Mathematica, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, MS Office products

  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design for controls

  • Experience measuring shielding effectiveness

  • FPGA programming experience

  • Knowledge of current innovative directed energy

  • Experience collaborating with DoD organizations

  • Team building and program management skills

  • Experience working effectively in a team environment

  • Strong documentation skills (for assistance in record keeping, documentation, ES&H compliance, and product transition to industry)

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance and an active SCI-level Clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret and SCI-level Clearance

About Our Team:

Organizations Directed Energy Missions (05497) and Directed Energy Assessments (05499) are high-performance, multi-disciplinary teams dedicated to pushing the frontiers of electromagnetic attack and defensive technology. Our primary areas of interest include high-power electromagnetic systems, compact pulsed power systems, radio frequency sources, antennas, and electronic effects phenomena. We implement research and development to support not only the lab’s Directed Energy mission but also many of the other missions of Sandia. Work environments range from laboratory work in brand-new facilities to field work at local and remote test sites. Our delivered work products are studies, analyses, and hardware intended to provide beyond-state-of-the-art Directed Energy and RF technologies to the war-fighter. These departments also work seamlessly with the Directed Energy Applications department (05498). These three departments form a larger team called the Directed Energy Enterprise.

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 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.

Job ID: 683176