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Systems Engineering Project Lead, R&D S&E, Experienced

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689606

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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:

Department 5371 is seeking a highly motivated R&D Systems Engineer to lead the development of advanced RF/Microwave Special Communication Systems. Our systems are based on advanced signaling techniques and ultra-low power RF receiver/transmitter designs. The systems we build are utilized in high impact, high consequence national security applications.

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

  • Provide critical R&D contributions throughout the entire product realization lifecycle, including requirements engineering and traceability, validation and verification (V&V), risk analysis, and crucial technical documentation.

  • Develop program trust assurance strategies, plans, associated reports of completion, and essential engineering authorizations that ensure the product fully meets its requirements and design intent.

  • Engage in projects which span across all phases of the product realization lifecycle from conceptual design and development, through to production, fielding, and sustainment.

  • Exercises critical thinking to identify, assess, and mitigate risks through the practical application of defect prevention to develop a robust and trustworthy product.

  • Develop trust-based partnerships with organizations internal and external to Sandia

  • Lead and/or contribute to multidisciplinary teams of engineers and subject matter experts

  • Provide programmatic and technical status updates to external partners

Successful candidates will become part of a multi-discipline, success oriented, high-performance project team delivering systems that impact our National Security. The Project Lead is expected to be self-directed and lead a cross-functional team of engineers and other staff to support development, qualification, testing, and fielding of our products. The Project Lead will be expected to coordinate qualification and production activities as well as collaborate and provide briefings to external customers and stakeholders such as the DoD, NNSA, DOE, and the Intelligence Community.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Master’s Degree in relevant STEM discipline plus ten or more years relevant experience, -OR-

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant STEM discipline plus fifteen or more years relevant experience,

  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Strong program execution skills with a passion for developing and delivering custom systems

  • This position requires occasional travel

  • 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:

  • Experience developing systems/components to include developing requirements, design, qualification, laboratory and field testing, production, and documentation

  • Project Leadership experience to include budget, risk, requirements, and schedule

  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling

  • Experience and interest in working with customers and production agencies, both internal and external to Sandia

  • Experience and/or course work in analog/digital electronics design & analysis

  • Experience and/or course work in wireless communication systems

  • Ability to team well with others and listen to different perspectives

  • Ability to work effectively on both small (3-8) and large (20+) teams

  • Ability to obtain and maintain SCI access which may require a polygraph.

About Our Team:

The Embedded Signal Processors Department (5371) develops and delivers innovative RF and image processing systems for a wide range of customers. Applications include space based, airborne and terrestrial systems that support specialized communications and surveillance missions. The department specializes in reconfigurable signal processing solutions and high performance RF front end electronics. Members of the department have broadly varying skills that include microwave circuit design, RFIC design, digital signal processing, lpi/lpd communication signaling, ASIC and FPGA digital design along with both embedded hardware and software design. Product developments can range from quick-turn to high rigor and typically involve requirements capture, architectural design, detailed design and modeling along with testing at the appropriate levels to ensure all design requirements are met and higher level system integration is fully supported. Our team has earned the reputation of delivering for our customers, and we take great satisfaction in working together to make the world a safer place.

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: 689606

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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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