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Digital Systems Security Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 690507

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Bidder Eligibility:

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.

Level promotions (Member to Senior) may be permitted, but are not guaranteed, on this requisition.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.

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 interested in defending and protecting our national security systems against advanced cyber threats? Would you like to contribute to the development of Sandia’s digital assurance and risk management requirements and policies for national security systems? Are you up for the challenge to help enact a new vision for implementing digital systems security engineering?

If so, the Digital Systems Security Engineering team has multiple openings for highly motivated and hardworking Systems Security Engineers passionate about the security and assurance of digital systems for our nuclear deterrent mission.

Come join our team and make a national impact!

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

  • Develop systems security requirements and digital assurance plans.

  • Support implementation of digital assurance, risk assessment, and security plans

  • Conduct system-level security risk assessment and provide guidance and recommendations

  • Identify digital assurance and security gaps and vulnerabilities

  • Derive and translate security requirements for system/product design and engineering team

  • Coordinate digital assurance and systems security engineering activities

  • Develop innovative security solutions with acceptable risk tolerance

  • Develop applicable Nuclear Deterrent Program level digital assurance policies and requirements.

  • Support risk management framework activities for Nuclear Deterrent digital systems

  • Build security control libraries for Nuclear Deterrent programs.

  • Develop test tools and strategies for digital assurance and cybersecurity testing

  • Document and communicate analysis results effectively to technical and non-technical user groups in written and oral formats

  • Gather, organize and present information requested for internal and external security data calls.

  • Champion security best practices and serve as a security subject matter expert for digital system teams

    Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

    The preferred work location for this position is Livermore, California. However, the selected applicant can also work in Albuquerque, NM. This position is eligible for some telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Information Assurance, or related subject area; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in Cyber Security, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Information Assurance, or related subject area

  • 5 plus years of relevant work experience

  • Experience with Systems Security Engineering concept and have digital assurance experience, preferably with DoD platform security, hardware design and embedded systems security

  • Experience in developing security plans and/or performing cyber security assessments for non—traditional (non-IT) digital systems

  • Experience with the development and/or testing and evaluating of digital systems for security and reliability

  • Knowledge and experience of DOE/NNSA and/or DoD cyber security orders and policies; relevant federal and private standards and requirements (e.g., NIST, ISO, CNSS, etc.); and understanding of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) as documented in various NIST publications

  • Experience with security requirements implementation for hardware, software or firmware

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in drafting policies, reports and other documentation

  • Familiarity with security best-practices, standards and guides in defense, automotive, or aviation industries

  • Experience with Model-Base Systems Engineering process and tools

  • Experience in hardware systems engineering, hardware/software security architecture, platform security, hardware development, applied cryptography, authentication and protocols, systems engineering

  • Excellent self-initiative and self-motivation with the ability to work under minimal supervision

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance

About Our Team:

The Cyber Risk & Security department resides within the Reliability & Digital Assurance group, and is the home of the Nuclear Deterrence Digital Systems Security team. The department provides digital-system security expertise and analysis for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) system and component design, verification, and assessment. We partner with ND programs to assure digital specification, verification, and reliability considerations are well informed regarding cyber security issues and risks. We partner with departments across the Reliability & Digital Assurance group, as well as with cyber security researchers across Sandia's NM and CA sites and externally, to support ND cyber security needs and to remain cognizant of and contribute to cutting edge digital security research. We conduct research and develop digital-security methods and tools for ND applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems. Staff also serve as local domain experts for SNL/CA ND systems and components organizations.

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: 690507

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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 California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
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  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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