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R&D Senior Scientist/Engineer in Electrical Engineering

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689953

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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:

$162,200 - $275,900

*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:

We are seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer Senior Scientist/Engineer to be part of a high-performance team which architects, develops, and fields exquisite avionics and digital embedded systems for national security applications. The RF and Electronic Center’s work supports missions needs such as Navigation, Guidance and Control (NGC), GPS-denied Navigation, Electronic Warfare (EW), Hypersonics, radar ISR, and other warfighter applications. You will be working on numerous critical national security missions and R&D initiatives. Your responsibilities would include partnership in defining and advocating the Center’s vision for survivable avionics research and development across multiple contested domains for both SPP and ND applications.

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

  • Provide research and development technical leadership to demanding national security programs

  • Lead teams to architect, implement, and deploy advanced avionics for high consequence systems, driving innovation in survivability, modularity, and reliability.

  • Work with management and staff to develop strategic direction for the department, group, and center.

  • Lead the center to be at the cutting edge of Research and Development (R&D) in avionics for high consequence systems. Goals will include the development of proposals for research funding through the Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program and submission of papers to national conferences as appropriate.

  • Interact with internal and government customers as a subject matter expert or as a technical lead

  • Guide, support, and lead technical innovation including staying aware of current and future external development.

  • Provide mentoring and guidance for staff and management.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Masters degree in electrical engineering, microwave & sensor engineering, computer engineering, or another related STEM field

  • Plus Fifteen (15) or more years of experience in development of advanced and multidisciplinary systems

  • Demonstrated recognition in your technical community as an expert in avionics, electronic board design, embedded system development, and system integration across Sandia or a similar organization

  • Extensive experience:

  • working collaboratively both internally and externally

  • working in a high rigor product development environment

  • developing and applying new methods and innovative thinking to solve complex and difficult problems

  • Experience integrating and leading collaborative teams and evidence of multiple sponsor deliveries by these teams

  • Demonstrated excellence in mentoring

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q and SCI security clearance, which may require a polygraph.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, your background includes some of the following desired qualifications:

  • PhD in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or related STEM degree

  • Extensive experience in:

  • architecting and developing advanced avionics systems to work in highly contested environments

  • testing and mitigation of avionics systems in radiation, Directed Energy (DE), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) or other Electronic Warfare (EW) environments

  • system engineering, system implementation, system integration and system deployment for large scale programs

  • Experience leading a team and individually taking a design from the concept phase through to the integration, testing, and deployment phase

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing trusting relationships among peers, staff, management, and customers

  • Excellent teaming and communication skills

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS Security Clearance, active SCI

About Our Team:

Center 5300 directly leads the Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) program and provides key RF and electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of programs across Sandia (including nuclear weapons, military systems, space, and intelligence).

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: 689953

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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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