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R&D Electrical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 689753

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$100,900 - $195,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity! You could be the electrical engineer we are seeking to join our dynamic team to design, build, test, and deploy the next phases of our explosive destruction system (EDS) as well as multiple instrumentation and sensor efforts in response to our stakeholder needs.

We are seeking a dedicated, high performing engineer with broad electrical expertise to join and grow with this multi-disciplinary team. The work involves integration of complex systems, developing control electronics for operational needs, unique experiments and sensors, as well as modifying and hardening commercial off the shelf accessories for field deployments. You may also be involved in building data systems for communication and remote operations, designing custom electrical panels for control systems, and design and troubleshoot of analog and digital electronics and related embedded data systems.

The teams work involves all aspects of design, all phases of construction, testing, and deployment with full documentation for customer use.

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

  • Lead the development of system components using advanced engineering skills and tools to design, develop, realize, and deploy them

  • Design power distribution, sensor, and small industrial control systems

  • Conduct hands-on testing and troubleshooting of electrical systems

  • Perform electrical systems safety analysis and documenting results

  • Engage with a team of engineers, designers, scientists, and technologists to resolve complex hardware and instrumentation issues

  • Present concepts, designs, test data, results, status to management, team members, and interagency stakeholders

  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary system safety analysis

  • Engage with government sponsor stakeholders to define requirements, propose solutions, and resolve challenges

  • Developed and maintain comprehensive records for long-term support of fielded systems

  • Travel as required to oversee contract activities, conduct testing, system deployments, and recurring upgrades for new munition findings. Travel can be on short notice.

Join this team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

This position is for on-site work at our Livermore CA site.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field as well as Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q-Level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience performing electrical systems safety analysis and documenting results

  • Demonstrated ability to design power distribution, sensor, and small industrial control systems

  • Demonstrated experience with hands-on testing and troubleshooting of electrical systems

  • Ability to develop documentation of a given design and give technical presentations to peers/managers, customers or stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to developed and maintain comprehensive for long-term support of fielded systems

  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design

  • Experience designing and coding embedded controllers and low power data recorders

  • Experience developing firmware using LabVIEW programming tools

  • Experience generating Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and layout

  • Experience with test equipment

  • Professional Engineering license in Electrical Engineering

  • Active DOE Q-level clearance or equivalent

About Our Team:

The Exploratory Systems Technology (8636) is accountable to stakeholders for all aspects of Design, Build, Test, and Deploy of multiple advanced systems, components, instruments and sensors across a broad spectrum of mission portfolio(s). Our work supports national Nuclear Deterrence efforts, Global Security, Treaty Compliance Efforts, and internal National Security. Center 8600 is Sandia's primary organization for CBRN-D (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense) technologies. Expanding work at Sandia includes advancing the understanding and mitigation opportunity associate with climate change dynamics.

The department supports other Sandia groups and external partners with engineering services by performing analysis, testing, and design. We provide the technical expertise needed to deliver and support robust, cost-effective electrical/mechanical systems. We maintain the required engineering and design staff needed to design, deliver, and support state-of-the-art integrated solutions.

Join our team of motivated and empowered, collaborative engineering professionals. You'll be glad you did.

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.


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.

Job ID: 689753

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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
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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