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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer - W80-4 Systems Test Engineer (Experienced) 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.


We are seeking a R&D Systems Engineer to join the W80-4 electrical test team in 02359. This opening provides an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual with a scientific or engineering background to make significant contributions to Sandia.

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

  • Lead test planning, execution, and results documentation.

  • Conduct functional electrical testing to support system-level design qualification and critical system milestones.

  • Lead technical reviews.

  • Troubleshoot and investigate test anomalies.

  • Guide and coordinate technologists performing electrical fabrication of cables and integrated test equipment.

  • Support system tester development through integration test activities and review of design upgrades.

  • Contribute to integration activities with other systems engineers and product realization teams.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline plus (5) or more years’ related experience; or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engeering, or related discipline plus (2) or more years related experience; or equivalent related experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • Ability to travel up to 10%.

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Experience in designing and/or testing complex electrical assemblies.

  • Experience with analog/digital circuit design and testing/debugging circuitry.

  • Experience with National Instruments software; TestStand and LabVIEW.

  • Experience with MATLAB.

  • Experience writing test documentation (e.g., operating procedures, test plans, data needs packages, etc.).

  • Familiar with laboratory test equipment such as; oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, multi-meters, pulse generators, etc.

  • Strong communication skills (especially technical writing skills) and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team-focused environment.

  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines.

    Department Description:

02359 is a systems-level organization that supports both the W80-4 Program and B61 Life Extension Program (LEP) at Sandia National Laboratories. 02359 comprises of systems engineers responsible for conducting system electrical testing, developing system-level testers, troublshooting system-level electrical test anomalies, and partnering with test facilities to perform the system environmental tests.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

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.