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Senior/Principal Electronics Engineer - Nuclear Weapons Component Design (Onsite)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 693668

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a driven R&D Electronics Engineer to join our Weapons Subsystem group, which is a multidisciplinary team designing and developing advanced electronic subsystems. This group provides solutions to technical challenges that directly support our commitment to national security. This is a highly collaborative work environment where successful candidates will create innovative solutions for difficult technical problems and acquire increasing levels of responsibility.

In this dynamic role, you may be performing a number of engineering functions, from generating design concepts, developing and testing electronics prototypes, guide technology maturation efforts, and qualify innovative designs. You will be supporting engineering efforts across all phases of product realization from concept development through full-rate production.

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

  • Design electronic Printed Wiring Boards (PWB) and Printed Wiring Assemblies (PWA) including analog and digital circuit design

  • Develop the architecture of higher-level electronic subsystems and systems; including integration and testing of multiple PWAs into a subassembly

  • Conduct lab testing of electronic components, devices, subsystems and systems

  • Analyze test results and support root cause investigations

  • Participate in integration activities with other engineers and product realization teams

  • Develop, evaluate, and debug tester software and firmware

  • Automate a variety of microelectronics test equipment

  • Provide technical consultation on critical electrical design elements

  • Present at technical design reviews

  • Write and provide input into technical documentation

    Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

    Due to the nature of the job, the selected candidate must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$130,100 - $258,900

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or in a related field plus 6 years of related experience or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in a related field plus 2 years related experience, or equivalent: engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

  • Demonstrated experience in design and test to include one or more of the following: analog and/or digital circuit design, and embedded system design

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

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

  • Familiarity with development of specifications for electrical assemblies

  • Tools/Programs: C/C++, SPICE, LTSpice, MATLAB, LabVIEW, ModelSim, HDL, KiCAD, EAGLEPCB, Expedition PCB, Oscilloscopes, and Spectrum analyzers

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

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

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance.

About Our Team:

Weapons Subsystems supports the United States nuclear deterrent by developing advanced electronics component designs for new systems, stewarding deployed systems, and maturing technologies and concepts for future systems. Weapon Subsystems has responsibility for all aspects of development, including: conceptual design, prototype development and testing, qualifying the design meets requirements, and transitioning production work to DOE production agencies. Work is performed by multidisciplinary teams of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and technologists, in partnership with project management, quality engineers, and reliability engineers. Realized products maintain a focus on exceptionally high confidence, quality, and reliability.

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.

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.

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.

Job ID: 693668

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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 facilities
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schools
  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • State Parks
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchises
  • Art haven
  • Proximity to SF Bay Area

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California


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