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


Are you passionate about your work? Do you dream of working in state-of-the-art facilities with safety & security culture? Do you want to join a diverse team that serves an organization that supports our national security?

Your job will fundamentally consist of assessing the response of an electronic system or component to a DE attack as well as evaluating the effectiveness of DE weapon systems. Success in this job will involve the following:

  • Helping write project proposals
  • Helping with creating design of experiments
  • Detailed understanding of the unit under test
  • Test execution
  • Analyzing test results
  • Communicating test results (presentations and written reports) to stakeholders
  • Making recommendations on how to improve effectiveness of a DE attack and improve survivability against a DE attack
  • Assessing DE weapon systems
  • Interfacing with customers and partners
  • Shaping the future of DE through new concepts and applications of the technology
  • Expanding department’s reach into new mission spaces
  • Timely delivery
  • Participation in professional societies and conferences
  • Assisting in other areas within the DE Enterprise


  • Master’s degree in EE or Physics
  • Experience with RF diagnostics and instrumentation
  • Experience with RF testing and data analysis
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • Ability to obtain an SCI clearance


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

  • Background in NW design and operation
  • Experience interfacing with NW organizations
  • Experience interfacing with DoD organizations
  • Experience measuring shielding effectiveness and identifying effects of RF interference
  • RF modeling and simulation experience
  • RF source and antenna design
  • Experience with project management
  • Active Q clearance
  • Active SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Directed Energy (DE) Assessments department’s core missions are to evaluate electronic systems and components for vulnerability/survivability against a DE attack as well as assess the effectiveness of DE weapon systems. Our work results in identification of vulnerabilities, improved survivability against a DE attack, and improved effectiveness of DE weapon systems. This department works seamlessly with the Directed Energy Missions department (5443) and the Directed Energy Applications department (5444). These three departments form a larger team called the Directed Energy Enterprise. In addition to the assessment mission areas, other mission areas of the DE Enterprise include pulsed power design, antenna design, high-power microwave source design, and DE weapon system design.

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 SCI access.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance and SCI access. SCI access may require a polygraph examination.

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 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.

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.