Sandia National Laboratories R&D RF Electronics Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?
Our team is seeking a highly motivated electronics engineer. Your primary focus will be electrical hardware design of specialized RF communications systems for National Security applications. You will be required to make occasional travel of 6-8 trips within the Continental U.S. per year. Projects range from very urgent, quick reaction requests in response to real-world driven needs to longer term, life-critical efforts with rigorous development requirements. You will become a member of a multi-discipline, success oriented high-performance team.
On any given day you may be called on to:
- Research, develop, analyze and/or field test RF systems
- RF system conceptualization
- Requirements development
- Design and simulate analog, RF, digital, and mixed signal circuits
- Own the PCB layout, fabrication, and assembly process
- Test/tune RF components and circuits
- Specify and perform/oversee the purchase of parts
- Design, assemble, test, and troubleshoot embedded electronics systems and cables
- Develop test/acceptance procedures and document design definition
- Document and oversee the transition of designs to 3rd party production partners
- You will have a master’s degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience (bachelor’s degree plus 4 years) to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job
- You bring experience with embedded electronics design
- Your background includes experience with microwave and antenna/EM applications
- You can obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph
Your background should also include:
- You bring experience with, or education in, general test and measurement equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM, logic analyzers) and RF test equipment (network analyzer, spectrum analyzer)
- Experience designing RF electronics incorporating elements such as RF filters, power amplifiers, matching networks, etc.
- Knowledge and proficiency in low signal-to-noise level communication system designs
- Experience designing and tuning unique form-factor antennas
- Mixed signal digital and analog hardware design including schematic capture and layout of high density printed wiring assemblies
- Experience controlling RF communication transceiver chips through software and firmware while optimizing their performance
- Hardware level signal processing experience (FPGA, DSP, GPU)
- Ability to plan, coordinate, and document field tests
- Familiarity with antenna/array measurement techniques on compact and/or near-field ranges, and experience in the use of RF/microwave test equipment for radiation pattern characterization
- Experience with commercial RF/microwave circuit simulation and antenna design tools such as HFSS, ADS, CST, Momentum, Genesys, FEKO, IE3D, etc.
- Experience or familiarity with the following software: Python, C/C++, VHDL, GNU Radio, and Matlab/Simulink or equivalent is desirable
- Knowledge of high-level programming language(s)
- Embedded firmware and software familiarity
- Knowledge of RF, Digital Communications, radar, and/or EW systems and principles
- Ability to work effectively on both small and large development teams (two-to-eight members)
- Good communication and documentation skills
- Be motivated by working with a highly successful, dynamic project team delivering systems that impact our National Security
- Active DOE Q clearance
- Active SCI clearance
The RF & Systems Electronics Center (Center 5300) provides key electronics systems work to a wide variety of nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military programs across Sandia and the Nation. The Advanced RF Systems group (5330) supports the Nation’s technology superiority strategies by delivering capabilities for RF & spectral dominance, global highly-reliable communications, and novel advancements for future strength. We are a highly dynamic set of departments that cross-team to provide integrated engineering systems solutions ranging from core research through prototype development and high-end, fielded products.
The Advanced Special Communications Systems department (5335) strives to Develop terrestrial, airborne, and space based special communications systems for use in surveillance and reconnaissance, Tagging Tracking and Locating (TTL), and the relay/detection/characterization of RF signals present in challenging environments. Our customers include a variety of government organizations including the Intelligence Community and those conducting special operations missions. Our staff members have a diverse skills base including microwave circuit design, antenna design, signal analysis, digital signal processing, embedded software, and digital FPGA designs. Applications include long and short-range communications and transponder systems, typically utilizing ultra-low power signaling techniques. Our design challenges include highly miniaturized electronics, low-power maximally efficient transceivers, signal extraction in very low signal-to-noise environments, and signal analysis of RF and communication systems.
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.
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.