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Space Domain Awareness Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689772

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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.

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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:

For over 70 years, Sandia National Laboratories has defined and brought into existence some of the most importance scientific and engineering advances in global security. Our 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel work daily on projects that ensure that a peaceful and prosperous world is possible.

Our Mission: To render exceptional service in the national interest, is more than a statement of values – it defines our commitment to the nation and the world to embrace a diverse and inclusive culture that sees only opportunities for collaboration, not boundaries, and to leverage that ethos to advance the United States’ position as global leader and innovator.

To support this mission, Sandia’s Space Mission Engineering Program Office (SMEPO) is seeking an experienced space domain awareness engineer to lead and support projects to advance national security in space. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of with space domain awareness capabilities and programs, familiarity with SDA modeling tools, and a history of SDA community engagement.

Join our dynamic, multidisciplinary team providing science and engineering solutions to meet vital needs in the growing fields of space domain awareness and space control. This position provides opportunity to have real impact on national security through the development and delivery of critical space-relevant missions.

On any given day you may be called on to do the following:

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams in project execution

  • Deliver results on time and within budget

  • Build relationships with DOD and/or IC SDA stakeholders

  • Synthesize disparate and incomplete technical data into meaningful information

  • Represent Sandia within the SDA community

  • Network across the Center, Division, and Lab to leverage a broad range of expertise

  • Develop creative solutions to challenging and partially understood problems

  • Generate good-enough results to quick-response customer needs

  • Work with other senior staff and managers to inform SMEPO strategy

  • Work with other senior staff and managers to develop new business with existing and new customers

  • Mentor junior staff

  • Work independently with little oversight

    This job is classified as an R&D S&E Computer Scientist.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Masters or PhD in a relevant STEM field

    Other Experience:

  • A minimum of (5) years of SDA technical experience

  • Experience with DOD and/or IC space organizations

  • Familiarity with SDA modeling tools

  • Project management experience in the DOD and/or IC space domain area

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD TS/SCI and DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated experience developing new business

  • Active TS/SCI Security Clearance

  • Space control and space domain awareness project leadership experience

  • Proficiency in Python, C++, STK, and/or MATLAB

  • Familiarity with multiple sensing and communications phenomenology: e.g., RF, SAR, Radar, EO/Vis, IR

About Our Team:

We provide solutions to advance space situational awareness and space control. The department’s focus is on developing state-of-the-art capabilities to enable Space Mission Engineering program execution and Sandia’s National Security missions. We maintain expertise in software/hardware architectures, algorithm development, software engineering, object-oriented software design, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and astrodynamics that creates and delivers next generation software and hardware solutions to meet complex national security space missions.

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.


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: 689772

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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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