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Senior/Principal R&D Microwave & Sensor Engineer - Radar (ISR) Mission, Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693641

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a diverse team that solves challenging issues of national interest? We are seeking an experienced R&D S&E, Microwave & Sensor Engineer to join our dynamic team.

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

  • Analyze, design, and develop radar systems, subsystems, and modules

  • Develop Concepts of Operation

  • System-level design and integration

  • Develop test and qualification plans

  • Develop models for computational analysis of systems and processes

  • Lead or support formal program reviews

  • Negotiate technical and programmatic requirements with customers

  • Deliver hardware within schedule and budgetary constraints

  • Shape, guide or lead research activities to support program needs

  • Develop technical documentation

  • Troubleshoot problems and support anomaly resolution activities

  • Serve as a technical interface to other design and support organizations

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

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master of Science in Engineering (STEM) plus 3 or more years of relevant experience; or

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field plus 6 or more years of relevant experience;

  • Experience with Radar System hardware, software, systems analysis, and/or scattering phenomenology

  • Strong background in the fundamentals of Radar and Digital Signal Processing

  • Experience in the use of MATLAB/Simulink and/or similar numerical computation, high-level programming languages, as well as other programming languages (C/C++, Java, Python, Fortran, VB script, etc.)

  • Familiarity with and experience in use of RF/microwave test equipment and proper measurement techniques for network analysis, spectrum analysis, noise characterization, etc.; or experience in taking a FPGA design to hardware and/or ASIC and utilizing the full array of debug tools (embedded and bench logic analyzer, O-scope, etc); or experience in doing high speed electronics board design

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or related STEM field preferred but not required.

  • Strong background and experience in RF and applied electromagnetics

  • Python and C/C++ software experience

  • Experience in taking a FPGA design to hardware and/or ASIC and utilizing the full array of debug tools (embedded and bench logic analyzer, O-scope, etc)

  • Ability to understand mathematically complex systems, develop and analyze models, and draw concise conclusions from them

  • Experience in low-level device driver development and interfacing with hardware

  • Experience interacting with military personnel and protocol

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment that sometimes requires quick problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Experience leading teams of people

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively both internal and external to the organization

  • Comfort with a position of technical leadership and the responsibility to make decisions and support them

  • Experience in preparing, publishing and presenting technical information including patents

  • Good technical communications skills -- in conversation, presentation, and writing

  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to determine root cause failure in complex systems

  • Ability to work well with others with a positive attitude

  • Ability to travel.

  • Active DOE Q-level or DOD TS clearance.

About Our Team:

Department 5349 provides a diverse set of skills for developing tip-to-tail radar technology to a wide variety of programs across Sandia. We work in the mission systems engineering space for our surveillance and reconnaissance program office, mapping customer needs to uniquely compelling system solutions by leveraging Sandia’s expertise in various sensor technologies, computing platforms, and data analyses as well as Sandia’s external partnerships.

Mission: We tackle the hardest RF and electronics problems through partnerships with government, industry and academia to advance warfighter dominance from strategic deterrence to ISR platforms.

Vision: Anticipate, Innovate, Dominate

We Value:

• People• Delivering with excellence• Innovation• Ethical leadership at all levels• Partnerships

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.

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.

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.

Job ID: 693641

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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  • 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
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  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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