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Sandia National Laboratories Electrical Engineering, Modeling and Simulation Analyst (Experienced) in Livermore, California


We seek a strong technical contributor to perform high consequence electrical modeling and simulation analysis activities in support of a range of design, development, analysis, and research customers.The successful candidate will be expected to both lead critical path analysis efforts and build research and development efforts to extend our current modeling and simulation capabilities. Collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams is essential to successfully realizing these objectives.

As electrical system analysts, we develop and exercise high-fidelity electrical engineering models to address a range of challenging technical issues associated with assuring performance and safety goals. We analyze complex electrical systems, utilizing computational simulations to characterize and predict all aspects of electrical system performance, including electrical interface compatibility, signal integrity, power distribution and integrity, analog and digital circuit behaviors, and electronics performance under extreme (e.g., temperature and radiation) environments. We are actively pursuing Research & Development (R&D) work to develop and apply novel modeling and simulation approaches, especially for multi-fidelity and cross-disciplinary applications.

We seek a self-motivated individual with expertise or interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Board level electrical circuit analysis
  • Analog circuit (SPICE) simulation and design
  • Digital simulation (VHDL/Verilog) and Mixed analog-digital simulation
  • Functional or behavioral system modeling (e.g., discrete event, finite state machine)
  • Exposure to relevant electrical engineering and mathematical concepts, such as: device physics, electromagnetics, and statistical uncertainty quantification (i.e., basic statistics and/or probability)

The successful applicant will effectively collaborate with a cross-disciplinary, multi-organizational team to tackle complex technical problems, perform relevant analysis, and deliver impactful results. Applicants will be expected to work on several projects simultaneously and in a teaming environment. Some travel may be required.

On any given day, you may contribute to and lead activities in one or more of the following:

  • Develop and simulate analog circuit (SPICE), digital logic (VHDL/Verilog), or mixed analog-digital models
  • Utilize and develop interfaces between various simulation and analysis tools to support mixed-fidelity (i.e., mixed level-of-abstraction) simulations. Examples might include analog (SPICE) simulations in conjunction with uncertainty analysis/optimization tools (e.g., Sandia’s DAKOTA optimization toolkit); or digital (VHDL/Verilog) simulations in conjunction with Matlab/Simulink
  • Conduct simulations on state-of-the-art multi-node high performance computational platforms for the characterization of circuit performance, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification
  • Develop a detailed understanding of customer requirements and verify electrical model (e.g., electrical device, component, or system) performance to those requirements
  • Work closely with systems engineers, designers, and experimentalists to create and exercise models and analyze, validate, and report results
  • For the interested applicant, opportunities exist to pursue 1) development of innovative electrical analysis techniques; 2) work with electromagnetic effects analysts; 3) work with device physics experts; 4) work with internal code developers for Sandia’s SPICE solver (Xyce), and 5) work with experts across the department in the neuromorphic computing architecture work or the formal methods development teams


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or a related STEM discipline plus 2 or more years’ relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Experience in board level electricalmodeling, simulation, and analysis
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance.


  • Exposure to analog (PSPICE), digital (VHDL/Verilog), functional, behavioral, discrete event, or other circuit simulation software
  • Exposure to digital design and verification techniques
  • Electrical circuit design (analog or digital) and/or modeling experience
  • Exposure to the application of statistics to simulation results and analysis
  • Exposure to Uncertainty Quantification or experimental validation of computational models
  • Experience using UNIX/Linux operating systems and/or High Performance Computing clusters
  • Proficiency in a high-level programming language (e.g. C/C++, Matlab, Python)

Department Description:

Our department (Digital Foundations & Mathematics) develops and maintains multiple technical capabilities. We develop and apply tools for the formal verification of digital systems, for electrical modeling and simulation analyses, and we develop computing accelerators for extreme environments. We are always interested in candidates with cross-disciplinary skillsets who can contribute to one or more of our programs.The formal verification activities include formal methods analysis of hardware and software; modeling and simulation of digital or software systems; synthesis of hardware (digital logic) or software to meet formal specifications; binary analysis (developing a custom lifter capability); and development of specialized software utilizing advanced mathematics to meet customer needs. The electrical modeling and simulation work includes printed circuit board level analysis of new systems in extreme environments, development of new capabilities in Sandia's internal PSPICE solver Xyce, and support for the Sandia device modelling teams.Our work on computing accelerators includes both modeling and designing novel fault tolerant architectures and new analog neuromorphic in-memory computing accelerators.Our department consists mostly of PhDs with backgrounds in computer science, analysis of programming languages and domain specific languages, high-performance computing, physics, electrical engineering, electrical circuit modeling & simulation & analysis, and neuromorphic computing architectures. We collaborate and team closely with organizations across Sandia and a broad spectrum of external partners.

About Sandia:

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  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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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.

EEO Statement:

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.