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Sandia National Laboratories Hardware Test Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Livermore, California


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.


We are seeking a driven R&D Electrical Engineer to join our diverse and growing engineering teams. In this exciting and dynamic role, you may be performing a number of engineering functions, from crafting design concepts, to developing/testing actual prototypes, to guiding technology maturation efforts, and qualifying innovative fabrication and assembly techniques. Along with fellow engineers, you will be engaging and collaborating regularly with personnel across multiple Sandia organizations, as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense organizations.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field plus 4 years of related experience; or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • Proficiency in mixed-signal design

  • Ability to manage schematics and guide PWB layouts for boards with switching power supplies

  • Precision analog measurements, FPGAs, and digital interfaces

  • Lab testing of electrical components, devices, subsystems and systems

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

Ability to travel up to 25% of your time will be required in this position.


  • Familiarity with hardware testing, power supplies, DMMs, debug problem solving

  • Proficiency in mixed-signal design, being able to manage schematics and guide PWB layouts for boards with switching power supplies, precision analog measurements, FPGAs, and digital interfaces.

  • Lab testing of electrical components, devices, subsystems and systems

  • Proficiency with LTSpice to simulate new or existing circuits

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment and collaborate with internal organizations and external production facilities and suppliers.

  • Write test plans to validate hardware for initial testing, power up, formal acceptance testing, and calibration testing

  • Familiarity with hardware testing, power supplies, DMMs, debug problem solving, etc.

  • Work with ECAD to provide layout roles and review designs

  • Present design to peer reviews

  • Work with other engineers in the TM group to facilitate next level assembly testing

  • Perform environmental testing and calibration testing at next level assembly

  • Support system level data analysis from flight tests

  • Experience working on engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects

  • Familiarity with development of specifications for components

  • Tools/Programs: C/C++, SPICE, LTSpice, MATLAB, LabVIEW, ModelSim, HDL, EAGLEPCB, Mentor Graphics, Oscilloscopes, Spectrum analyzers

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

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team focused environment

  • Experience working with DOE, NNSA, DOD or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

  • Currently holding an active security clearance; DOE Q or DOD TS

    Department Description:

Organization 8434, Telemetry Engineering II - along with sister departments 08432, 08433, 08435 and 08436- has responsibility for the design, development, and qualification of weapon system instrumentation (or telemetry systems) for use in Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs) for the entire US nuclear arsenal. The JTA program is a cornerstone of the Stockpile Evaluation Program and allows critical assessment of the weapon system, DoD platform, and support personnel performance. To fulfill its mission responsibilities, Organization 8434 employs a diverse and talented group of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and technologists. The Organization collaborates with other NW groups within Sandia and across the Nuclear Weapons Complex, including NNSA, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the production agencies (National Security Center and Pantex), and the DoD. Organization 0843x is also expected to have significant interactions with other DOE Laboratories and other NNSA entities (beyond the NW Complex), the DoD, and other government agencies.

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.

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.


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