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R&D Radio Frequency Engineer, Experienced

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691531

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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*

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an R&D Radar Design/Integration Engineer to participate in the development of RF system designs and concepts in support of future Nuclear Deterrence applications. We partner across the laboratory to prepare technologies to support future nuclear weapon fuzing requirements.This person will perform modeling and simulation to support design and analysis activities and participate in experimental testing of completed designs. We use the application of principles, theories, concepts, and practices relating to RF/microwave circuit design. Join our dynamic team to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

On any given day, the successful candidate may be called upon to:

  • Test Radar hardware in a laboratory environment

  • Design, analyze, and develop RF/microwave circuits, subsystems, and modules

  • Discuss technical and programmatic requirements with customers

  • Deliver hardware within schedule and budgetary constraints.

Due to the nature of the job, the selected candidate must be able to work onsite. Relocation will be provided to eligible candidate.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a relevant STEM field plus 5 years of relevant experience

  • - OR - Master’s degree in electrical engineering or a relevant STEM field plus 2 year of relevant experience

  • Experience in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • RF/microwave circuit or system design, Commercial RF/microwave circuit simulation in ADS, Microwave Office, Genesys, SENTRI, IE3D, MATLAB, or other programming languages (C/C++, Python, Java, Fortran), Labview Teststand

  • Use of RF/microwave test equipment (network analysis, spectrum analysis, and noise measurement

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Preferred Master’s degree in electrical engineering or a relevant STEM field plus 2 year of relevant experience

  • Experience in the design, fabrication, and testing of:

  • RF communications architectures

  • RF frontends

  • Low noise amplifiers

  • Power amplifiers

  • Phase locked loops and synthesizers

  • Mixers, filters, or other RF components

  • Experience in RF circuit layout and RF PCB manufacturing techniques

  • Experience with radar system development and radar hardware architectures

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and documentation skills

  • Ability to work successfully in an interdisciplinary, team-oriented environment

  • Preferred current active DOE Q clearance.

About Our Team:

Our department is responsible for understanding the upcoming fuzing needs for both the NNSA and the Department of Defense to develop concepts and technologies that meet future needs. We engage sponsors of existing nuclear weapon fuzes to define, prototype, and test aspects of fuzing including radar, inertial subsystems, and the system controller, as well as the assured communication buses which exchange data within the weapon systems. Our capabilities include an understanding of nuclear weapon fuzes and their hardware and firmware subsystems including RFIC design, radar analysis, FPGA design, and RF hardware engineering.

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, 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.

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: 691531

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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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