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R&D Senior Scientist/Engineer in Microwave & Sensor Engineering

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689952

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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 Microwave & Sensor Senior Scientist/Engineer to be part of a high-performance team which architects, develops, and fields exquisite RF remote sensing systems and subsystems for national security applications. The RF and Electronic Systems Center’s work supports mission needs such as radar ISR, navigation, hypersonics, Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL), Electronic Warfare (EW), RF Enabled Cyber, high velocity projectiles, and other warfighter applications. Your responsibilities would include participation in defining and advocating the Center’s vision for RF remote sensing across multiple contested domains for national security applications.

Your leadership in architecting radio frequency (RF) and digital embedded systems and subsystems that achieve advanced levels of agility, flexibility, and interoperability to address applications such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), communications, navigation, target engagement, and Electronic Warfare (EW) while operating in contested environments will contribute to numerous critical national security missions and R&D initiatives.

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 multidisciplinary, highly-reconfigurable sensor concepts and systems capable of performing multiple functions such as RF sensing, multi-static radar, geolocation, radio navigation, signal identification, and fuzing.

  • Guide, support, and lead technical innovation, including theoretical analysis, numerical modeling, and experimental development and testing of state-of-the-art hardware and algorithms, along with staying aware of current and future external developments.

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

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

  • Provide mentoring and guidance for staff and management.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, microwave & sensor engineering, computer engineering, or another related or other related STEM field

  • Plus Fifteen (15) or more years of experience in the development of advanced, multidisciplinary RF sensors, subsystems, and systems

  • Demonstrated recognition in the technical community as an expert in applied electromagnetics, digital signal processing, RF sensor/system architecture design and development, and/or sensor system integration/testing/validation

  • Extensive experience in

  • advanced modeling and simulation of sensors and systems

  • areas of antenna/array design, modeling, simulation, and measurement, and/or RF/microwave circuit, subsystem, and/or system design

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

  • working collaboratively both internally and externally to your organization

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

  • 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 electrical engineering or microwave & sensor engineering

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

  • Experience in:

  • areas of analytical or computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic wave propagation, and scattering phenomena

  • radar system development and/or radar signal processing, with particular emphasis in the area of synthetic aperture radar

  • multi-channel radar system concepts, analysis, and calibration.

  • image processing methods for target geolocation and recognition.

  • FPGA implementation of DSP algorithms.

  • use of RF/microwave test equipment and proper measurement techniques for radiation pattern and mutual coupling characterization, network analysis, spectrum analysis, noise characterization, etc.

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

  • Demonstrated 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: 689952

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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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