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R&D Systems Engineer, Satellite Subsystems- (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688538

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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:

$101,400 - $201,400 *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 a driven Systems Engineer for our space satellite subsystem development and production team. The selected candidate will lead the project team responsible for the GBD IIIF Spectral Imaging Geolocation Hyper-Temporal Sensor (SIGHTS) electronics work package agreement (WPA). Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

  • Work across a multi-discipline team to deliver 14 electronic module designs and flight software to flight production and participate in subsystem integration activities; the overall subsystem design completed its CDR in December of 2022.

  • Own requirements, design definition, change control process, risk/issue management, verification and I&T planning/execution, production planning/execution, lifecycle cost estimates, review processes and schedule.

This is an opportunity to become involved in a high visibility program area that leads the full range of remote sensing space system payloads and ground system hardware and software. Improved design, development, realization, reliability, producibility and quality are all major thrusts of our program.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineer, or relevant STEM field, plus 5 years’ technical experience; OR Master’s degree in stated fields plus 2 years’ technical experience

  • Abiltiy to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Lead a technical team and project work package, budget, schedule, coordination of activities across the team

  • Knowledge of system engineering processes, products and tools

  • Strong organization, interpersonal and planning skills

  • Hardware integration and test experience

  • Software and test scripting experience

  • Desire to learn new skills as required and develop expertise in areas that may be unfamiliar

  • Work independently as well as work in teams, building consensus and resolving issues

  • Self-motivated, positive individual seeking to work in a dynamic environment

  • Initiative to accept responsibility and take on more than one assignment at a time

  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service

About Our Team:

The Intelligent Digital Systems Engineering Department (6786) specializes in research, development and delivery of reliable digital electronic systems to support all aspects of Sandia's Remote Sensing and Verification Center. We have expertise in software and hardware design and development as well as electronics testing and inspection capabilities in the department and offer services of both to a wide range of customers, including Sandia's Space Enterprise, NW, LDRD and WFO. Our products encompass a wide range of digital electronics including embedded system design/development (hardware and software), ground and flight systems, electronic module testing, first article inspection, flight-system tester development and operation, analysis of telemetry and project management (hardware and software). The work we perform for our primary customer, USNDS, has been quality certified to the AS9100C standard.

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: 688538

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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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