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Sandia National Laboratories Telemetry Firmware/Embedded Systems Engineer 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.


Who We Are

The mission is why you come; the people are why you stay.

At Sandia National Laboratories, the magnitude of our mission is immense. Working in Telemetry, your contributions will directly impact national security by ensuring the reliability of America’s nuclear stockpile. We have an amazing interdisciplinary team ready to attack the next big engineering challenge and are always on the lookout for the next great, upcoming creative-tinkerer or innovative-designer that we can help grow into experts and leaders within the inclusive, family-like culture we’ve built.

With a wide-array of on-going projects and new projects on the horizon, opportunity abounds to hone your current skills and grow new skills. Our telemetry units interact with all aspects of nuclear weapon systems providing you the opportunity to learn and see the big picture down to smallest components across the weapon lifecycle. If you believe you’re up for the challenge and can excel in our team-focused, mission-critical Telemetry projects, we’d love to meet you!

What We Do

Our telemetry systems staff design, develop, and qualify weapon system instrumentation (or telemetry systems) for use in Joint Test Assembly (JTA) surveillance flight tests, system-level ground tests, and researched-based experimental flight tests for all U.S. nuclear deterrent systems. Telemetry systems interface with the weapon systems to collect and transmit performance data, state of health data, and custom sensor data in combined environment tests. As a cornerstone of the Stockpile Evaluation Program, our JTA efforts allow critical assessment of weapon systems hardware and processes and Department of Defense platforms.

What We Need

We are looking to hire a Mid-Career Electrical Engineer to design, develop and test embedded systems in a telemetry data acquisition system. The telemetry product consists of several printed wiring assemblies that each heavily rely on FPGAs for functionality. This position would be the primary owner of all the embedded firmware systems on the integrated telemetry processor boards for a telemetry product and ensure functionality with the hardware and signal interfaces through simulation and test. This position would be part of a product realization team and have access to telemetry subject matter experts to mature and uphold a core Telemetry firmware architecture based on modular firmware.

What You’ll Do

Objective 1: Learn Sandia Processes

30-day goal – Complete all required corporate training. Gain access to relevant information, software and tools based on team processes.

60-day goal – Read and be familiar with Telemetry Hardware and Firmware Development Guidelines and corporate Realize Product Procedures.

Objective 2: Develop the Telemetry Firmware Product

60-day goal – Review and understand electrical requirements, system architecture, firmware, and schematics of the existing system.

4-month goal – Lead a technical review of assigned product in front of technical experts.

1st Year goal – Test and Integrate your products into the telemetry system and support the team through the Baseline Design Review. Show competency with Sandia’s suite of EE design simulation tools.

On any given day, you may:

  • Design high-level digital architectures to meet top-level Telemetry system requirements.

  • Develop firmware requirements that satisfy and map to top-level Telemetry system requirements.

  • Design embedded firmware (currently in VHDL) to implement high-level digital architecture. Typical 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).

  • Develop verification strategies to demonstrate firmware designs meet requirements.

  • Create firmware simulations and test plans.

  • Perform hands-on testing and debugging of circuitry.

  • Develop a system-level understanding of the collected data and support for anomaly resolution.

  • Create documentation of a given design.

    Provide technical presentations to peers and managers.


  • Master's Degree in a relevant discipline and one year experience or Bachelor's Degree in a relevant discipline and five years’ experience

  • Ability to travel for business up to 25% time.

    Ability to obtain a DOE ‘Q’ Security Clearance.


  • Demonstrated Electronics/Electrical Engineering design skills and understanding.

  • Experience with VHDL and embedded systems.

  • Experience with PWB/PWA design and layout

  • Experience with light electronics testing in a laboratory environment.

    Active DOE or transferable Security Clearance

    Department Description:

Sandia California's Telemetry and Stockpile Support Department 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. Current development mission assignments include the W88 ALT370 JTA8 project, the W78 JTA6R project, and the W76 JTA3 project. Stockpile support oversees the quality, reliability, and availability of all qualified telemetry systems that are being used in the on-going surveillance mission.

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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