Sandia National Laboratories RF Design Engineer in Livermore, California
We are seeking an RF Design Engineer to join a multidisciplinary team that is designing and developing advanced components, subsystems, and systems for national defense programs. General responsibilities for electrical engineers range from conceptual design, detailed design (a combination of analog, digital, embedded firmware, schematic capture, board layout), analysis, overseeing fabrication of hardware, defining and executing qualification/testing plans, field support, as well as project management.
Successful candidates will work in a team environment with opportunities to acquire increasing levels of responsibility.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Design analog front end signal conditioning circuits to prepare an analog input for digitization;
- Programming of FPGAs or microcontrollers to 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);
- Perform hands-on test and debug of circuitry;
- Develop documentation of a given design and give technical presentations to peers/managers;
- Design and develop specific manufacturing design requirements (i.e., PC board material, trace impedances, routing requirements, PC board stack-up, etc) and oversight of the manufacturing of PC boards;
- Create software allowing customers to configure or download data from our embedded instrumentation systems, and view and analyze that data in novel ways;
- Develop a system-level understanding of the collected data and support for anomaly resolution.
The job frequently involves being a member of 3-10 person interdisciplinary design teams, and typically requires supporting multiple programs/teams simultaneously. Travel to test facilities can be common feature of the job. Depending on the program being supported, the job may require up to 25% travel.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Technical knowledge and competencies appropriate to the position.
- Thorough knowledge of and applied experience with scientific and engineering methods and with the discipline’s standards for the ethical conduct of research.
- Thorough knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies affecting research, design, and development activities, projects, or initiatives.
- Demonstrated ability to team across disciplines.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline, or equivalent:
higher degree (MS, PhD) in relevant discipline; or
engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
Experience in RF circuits and systems design and analysis up to 3 GHz (10 GHz a plus).
- Experience in RF spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and digital signal generators.
- Experience with link budget calculations and transmitter/receiver cascade calculations.
- Ability to travel.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q security clearance.
- Active DOE Q security clearance.
- Demonstrated experience with circuit design and analysis.
- Demonstrated experience with embedded firmware design (VHDL, Verilog, or DSP) and testbed development.
- Proven experience with design and analysis tools (e.g., Matlab and LabVIEW), analog simulation codes (e.g., LTSpice), and HDL simulation codes (e.g., ModelSim).
- Hands-on experience testing and de-bugging circuitry, with clear mastery of tools such as oscilloscopes, logic/network/spectrum analyzers, function/pulse generators, etc.
- Knowledge of and experience with PC-board layout tools (e.g., EAGLE PCB or Mentor Graphics), and PC-board fabrication and assembly design principals.
- An obvious passion for engineering and building new things.
- Strong communication skills (especially technical writing skills), interpersonal skills, and the ability to influence others.
- Ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines.
The mission of the Telemetry Systems Engineering Department is to design, build, test and implement weapon systems instrumentation for use in weapon development and stockpile evaluation programs. More specifically, we are responsible for developing flight data instrumentation systems to support DOD and DOE Joint Test Assembly flight tests. These tests are used to confirm the performance of nuclear weapon systems such as re-entry vehicles, cruise missiles, and bombs, and such testing is critical to Sandia's stockpile stewardship mission. We also provide non-weapon telemeter monitoring systems that can be used in challenging remote environments. Telemetry Systems Engineering employs electronic design engineers, mechanical design engineers and electronic technologists, as well as telemetry system engineers on our ongoing and advanced telemetry projects.
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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT