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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer - Remote Mission Systems (Experienced) **Denver, CO** in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


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We are seeking an experienced Systems Engineer to join our dynamic team. The selected candidate will be challenged to excel in our environment and become a subject matter "go-to" member of the staff.

On any given day, the selected applicant may be called on to:

  • Support and proactively investigate system performance, technical issues, discovery and resolution, system-status monitoring, state of health trending, and analysis

  • Participate in routine system on-call duties

  • Support tests and exercises for internal and external clients and users

  • Schedule and support a wide variety of engineering activities (upgrades, preventative maintenance) and ensure all installations of equipment or software are smoothly integrated

  • Support evaluations and documentation of systems

  • Report system status to site management, Sandia management, and partners

  • Support technical and programmatic reviews with the sponsor and other partner organizations

  • Act as a liaison between sponsors, community partners, and Sandia

The staff member selected will work as part of a small team of resident engineers in a technical multidisciplinary, high tempo, high personal interaction environment. The team supports the systems 24/7 and are on a rotating on-call schedule. The successful candidate will have opportunities on the job to be trained and become knowledgeable on flight and ground aspects of systems as well as site operations, procedures, and policies.

Relocation to one of the site areas will be required in this role.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science plus 5 years related experience, or equivalent (MS + 2 years; PhD; no degree + 13 years)

  • Experience with a Sandia-developed and fielded remote sensing systems and supporting infrastructure

  • Current DOE clearance (or equivalent) and can obtain an SCI clearance


  • An active SCI clearance

  • Experience with specific programs within the Sandia Advanced Systems Programs Office (ASPO)

  • Direct flight system knowledge for the systems

  • Experience with Sandia ASPO mission areas, customers, and users

  • Experience with activities at the sites and day-to-day operations

  • Experience with integrated system level testing of the specific systems

  • Experience with hardware and software installations of the specific systems

  • Experience using the ground hardware and software of the systems System administration experience on Sun/Oracle and Systems running RedHat Enterprise Linux

  • Experience creating and modifying software tools via scripting languages to support routine and novel technical investigations (ex. Python/Perl and Shell scripting)

  • A strong technical foundation with the ability to quickly assimilate new subject areas

  • Proven ability in working effectively with project teams, program and line management, fellow staff, and various customers, site, and external entities

  • Interest in continued learning and expansion of technical capabilities

  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, reports, and proposals

  • Oracle database experience

  • Experience generating, modifying, and using procedures needed for real-time testing, problem resolution, software test and checkout, and day-to-day operations

  • Direct experience working with formal Configuration Management processes (DR, RFC, etc.)

  • Direct experience with data architectures, data quality and data assurance

  • Interest in community engagement and potential business development

  • Creative technical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including effective teaming and bargaining

    Department Description:

We design, develop, and manage ground systems for real-time national security missions. ASPO is the primary Customer interface and user community interface for these unique systems. We provide the technical design, integration, advisement, and direction for delivery and mission extension through architecture, system engineering, technical integration and evaluation of systems, and mission system engineering and analysis.

One of the supporting organizations within ASPO is Mission Engineering and Analysis (06332). This organization is responsible for analyses of signatures & signals as they relate to mission definition coupled with payload & ground capabilities in optimizing system performance to meet customer mission technical requirements. The Mission Engineering and Analysis Organization performs the following: radiometric sensor test planning and support; mission data analysis; remote sensing modeling, characterizing and optimizing sensing instrument performance, and technical analysis and design of next generation systems to meet overall system mission performance and operational goals and requirements. The organization provides a variety of results to an array of customers to include analysis results, custom toolsets, simulation findings, leading R&D to enable mission enhancements, test campaign planning and execution, and technical guidance and support to our long-term strategic partners and sponsors.

Within organization 06332 is 06332-1, Remote Mission Engineering and Analysis. 06332-1 supports fielded, remote sensing systems. The staff on this teamwork at locations outside of New Mexico (posting manager can provide details).

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.

EEO Statement:

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.