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Sandia National Laboratories R&D System Engineer - Systems Analyst (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*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:

Passionate about your work and dream of improving national security capabilities? Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

We are seeking dedicated R&D System Engineers to join a dynamic team engaging in the portfolio of Mission System Engineering for our sponsors. We ensure that system architectures and systems properly support the national security missions for which they were designed. This is accomplished through deliberate planning, analysis, architecture, and integration of current and emerging capabilities. The successful candidate will join a team that conducts and supports analysis of remote sensing systems data, tool and algorithm development, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor characterization and modeling & simulation.

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

  • Plan and complete major test activities, perform analysis of component and integrated system data for system requirements verification and validation, and engage with external Government and Mission partners.

  • Conduct radiometric sensor test planning and execution

  • Collaborate to develop data analysis methods and tools and conduct mission data analysis

  • Perform remote sensing modeling and simulation, characterizing and optimizing sensing instrument performance, and technical analysis and design of next generation systems and data architectures to meet overall system mission performance and operational goals and requirements

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Optics, Physics or other relevant STEM field plus 2 years' relevant experience; OR bachelor's degree in stated fields plus 6 years' relevant experience

  • Proficiency with Python or MATLAB

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in the above stated fields

  • Experience with scientific/engineering data analysis, testing, or component qualification

  • Familiarity with EO/IR remote sensing phenomenology

  • Experience working on large, complex systems

  • Experience with systems engineering and requirements verification

  • Experience with image and/or signal processing and analysis

  • Proficient in radiometry and electro-optics subject areas

  • Proficient in C++, R, or other languages pertaining to algorithm development and support of analysis software

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal), including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals and reports

  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic within a diverse, multi-disciplinary team

  • Familiarity with multi-physics analysis/simulation of sensing instrument performance

  • Effective leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Active DOE Q-level clearance with ability to obtain SCI

About Our Team:

The Advanced Systems Program and Real-Time Data Processing teams are responsible for designing, developing, and managing ground systems for real-time national security missions, including the primary customer interface and user community interface for these unique systems. We provide the technical design, integration, advisement, and supervision for delivery and mission extension through architecture and design, system engineering, modeling and simulation, technical integration and evaluation of systems, plus mission system engineering and analysis.

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: 686917