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Sandia National Laboratories RF Electronics Technologist (Early Career) 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.


The Radar and Signal Analysis Department (5332) seeks a highly motivated, early career, RF Electronics Technologist. The successful candidate will become part of a multi-discipline, success oriented, high-performance, team delivering systems that impact our National Security. Projects range from fast paced, quick reaction requests in response to real-world driven needs to longer term, life-critical efforts with rigorous development requirements. This position’s primary focus will be to support the development of RF systems. Under engineering direction, the successful candidate will be responsible for RF electronics assembly, laboratory performance and environmental testing, troubleshooting, and ECAD support. This position does require supporting field-test events with the potential for extended periods of travel.


  • 2-year Associates Degree with emphases on STEM

  • Entry level experience with general electronic components, soldering, and Mentor Graphics or Altium tools.

  • Active DOE Q clearance


  • Experience with general electronic test equipment, which could include oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, multi-meters, power supplies

  • Experience with RF test equipment, which could include spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators, power meters

  • Relevant experience and/or course work and interest in wireless communication systems

  • Effective communication and teaming skills

  • A passion to continue learning

    Department Description:

The Radar and Signal Analysis Department provides system analysis and design, algorithm development, and hardware development for a wide variety of radio-frequency (RF) communications and radar missions. Our hardware expertise includes the design, low rate manufacture and sustainment of custom highly reliable RF and microwave systems for terrestrial, airborne, and spaceborne applications. Signal design and analysis expertise includes radar, digital communications, waveform development, waveform detection in contested environments, signal processing, receiver development. We actively work with our sponsors to understand their complete mission space, including exploitation of organic assets for novel capability and/or enhanced performance. We intimately partner with other departments within the Advanced RF business area and throughout Sandia to provide complete solutions to our sponsors.

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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.