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USNDS Ground Solutions Architect / Network Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691665

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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:

We are seeking a highly motivated IT Solutions Architect/ Network Engineer to join a diverse team, responsible for project management, development, system integration, and testing of satellite ground systems for space missions. We provide flexible approaches to product definition, realization, and testing to achieve system quality and security compliance. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

  • Design and implement complex mission system network architecture.

  • Maintains operation of mission network communication systems.

  • Work with a variety of technologies to address unique, one-of-a-kind problem sets.

  • Develop system and network installation, testing, and troubleshooting procedures.

  • Interface with the customer to define network communications and platform requirements.

  • Analyze and document network communications requirements.

  • Design and implement networking solutions to provide a secure, efficient network that will meet mission needs.

  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new system and network technologies and evaluate for potential enhancements to improve performance and reliability.

  • Perform regular system and network performance monitoring.

  • Troubleshoot system and network issues, identify network problems, isolate root causes, and initiate corrective action.

  • Plan and coordinate installation and configuration of network communication and hardware components.

  • Maintain security compliance.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in computer science, information technology, or relevant discipline plus one year of experience or bachelor’s degree in stated fields plus three years of directly related experience.

  • Experience with Linux.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in Splunk or similar technologies.

  • Experience with Ansible Automation Platform.

  • Experience with Virtualization.

  • Working knowledge of routers, switches, firewalls, and encryptions.

  • Experience with Cisco networking equipment.

  • Experience with Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) and Network Access Control List (ACL).

  • Familiarity with network monitoring tools such as Wireshark.

  • Familiarity with NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs).

  • Active DOE Q or TS.

About Our Team:

The Space Ground Systems Programs leads the design, development, and delivery of the operational ground segment of the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS). USNDS is a space-based remote sensing system designed to meet national security needs for both the warfighter and the treaty monitoring community. The team provides leadership and advanced technical solutions throughout the life cycle of these systems, from inception of new systems to enhancing capability in currently operational systems.

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: 691665

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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

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