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Sandia National Laboratories Electronics Engineer, Embedded Firmware Design (Experienced) in Livermore, California


We are looking to hire an experienced R&D Electronics Engineer to design, develop and test embedded systems in a telemetry data acquisition system. This position will be the expert in FGPA design and verification for the telemetry system and lead many firmware designs in the telemetry. As an experienced engineer, the selected candidate participates in both reviewing peer electronic designs and acts as a mentor to member level engineers.

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

  • Design high-level digital architectures and firmware requirements that align with top-level Telemetry system requirements.
  • Design embedded firmware (preferably in VHDL) to implement high-level digital architecture. Functions include collect/organize data from various ICs/sensors via any manner of serial/parallel communication protocols (e.g. SPI, I2C, USB, 8b10b) and disseminate that data in a multitude of ways (e.g. serial outputs such as USB, UART, NRZL, biphase).
  • Team with digital experts to mature and uphold a core Telemetry firmware architecture based on modular firmware.
  • Develop verification strategies and create test plans to demonstrate firmware designs meet requirements.
  • Perform hands-on testing and debugging of embedded systems.
  • Develop documentation of a given design and provide technical presentations to peers and managers.

The role will collaborate with diverse design teams, and requires supporting multiple programs/teams simultaneously. This position can be located at our Livermore or Albuquerque sites.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, computer engineering, or relevant field, with at least 8 years' related experience; or bachelor’s and master’s degrees in these fields with a minimum of 4 years' related experience.
  • Ability to travel for business up to 25% time.
  • Ability to hold a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Currently holding an active DOE Q security clearance.
  • Demonstrated experience with embedded firmware design (preferably VHDL) and testbed development.
  • Demonstrated experience with analog and digital circuit design and analysis.
  • Hands-on experience testing and debugging circuitry, with clear mastery of tools such as oscilloscopes, logic/network/spectrum analyzers, function/pulse generators, etc.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills with peers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a highly teaming environment.

Department Description:

Sandia California’s Telemetry and Stockpile Support team (08436) develops and maintains telemetry systems in support of the nuclear deterrence surveillance mission. Telemetry systems has responsibility for all aspects of telemetry development, including conceptual design, prototype development and testing, and transitioning production work to DOE production agencies. Telemetry systems integrate precision sensor electronics and signal conditioning with RF communication systems to support flight testing of Joint Test Assemblies. Work is performed by teams of electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, in partnership with quality engineering, reliability engineering, and project management.

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  • Extraordinary co-workers
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  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • 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.