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R&D S&E, Lead Component Electrical Engineer (Distinguished)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688216

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$138,600 - $235,500

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? If so, you may be person we seek to join our team!We are seeking highly motivated experienced engineers for our robust Hi-Reliability Commercial Technologies Department (07641). You will be leading a team responsible for characterizing and understanding commercial electronic part performance and reliability in extreme environments. These commercial electronic parts are critical to ensuring the success of the nation’s defense and must be deeply understood to meet demanding performance specifications and reliability requirements. You will further your deep understanding of long term part reliability and part performance in extreme environment for commercial electronic parts as a part of our team.Join us and solve technically interesting, challenging, meaningful, and highly consequential problems.

On any given day, you will be called on to:

  • Serve as the subject matter expert for commercial electronic products and be highly knowledgeable of long term part reliability theory and practice, and

  • Understand part performance in extreme environments using state-of-the-art testing and modeling tools

  • Utilize advanced concepts spanning several specialized disciplines to conduct innovative engineering studies including research efforts for emerging technologies or other special topics.

  • Add to the commercial electronic parts knowledge area through developing new concepts, redirecting approaches, or redefining customer requirements to impact organizational operations or directions

  • Develop new methods, processes, and approaches in solving complex problems by leading activities and collaborating with leading science and research experts in materials, radiation effects, modeling and electrical sciences

  • Serve on committees of technical societies, as appropriate

  • Collaborate with customers and our production agency partners on supply chain and technical assurance of commercial electronic parts

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical, Electronic, Computer or Materials Engineering, Physics or other relevant engineering or scientific field

  • 12 years of engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

  • or PhD in any of the above field

  • Experience with electronic components for long life high reliability applications including: Selection, Characterization, Reliability, Testing and/or Semiconductor Device Physics

  • A minimum of 3 and maximum of 5, letters of recommendations which speak to demonstrated skills, knowledge and abilities at the distinguished level

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Proven experience in:

  • performing technical problem solving related to electrical component

  • part reliability for long life high reliability applications, both theory and application

  • component electrical test methods and equipment, and/or,

  • semiconductor device physics.

  • Knowledge of:

  • reliability assessment methods, including accelerated life testing and test to failure

  • radiation effects in microelectronics and semiconductors

  • failure mechanisms of commercial electronic parts

  • Analog (SPICE-like) circuit and commercial electronic parts model development and analysis

  • supply chain management to ensure high quality and avoid counterfeit parts.

  • Familiarity with appropriate standards such as MIL-Spec and JEDEC

  • Active DOE Q clearance

About Our Team:

The Hi-Rel Commercial Technologies Department (7641) and the Hi-Rel Program and Integration Department (7642) are responsible for identification, characterization and qualification of commercial electronic components used in high reliability applications. The departments provide supplier and component information, hardware, test and reliability information, and surveillance of these components, to our system/subsystem design customers and to our Production Agency partners. Our core competency includes supply chain assurance, assessing component compatibility with manufacturing processes, and test process development to determine the suitability of commercial electronic components for high consequence products. We perform research to identify and assess new technologies.

Our departments are on the leading edge of the product realization process. We are responsible for ensuring thousands of electronics parts will meet stringent performance and reliability requirements. This requires the highest levels of understanding of:How the parts will function within their intended circuits merging technology capabilities and failure modesSuppliers and their relevant risks (technical, security, delivery, etc.)How to test a wide range of products

We invest in our people, our lab and test capability, and our Information Technology and project control tools.

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, 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.

Job ID: 688216

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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