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R&D, Digital Signal Processing Engineer (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 658338
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:R&D, Digital Signal Processing Engineer (Experienced)


The Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 5340, designs, develops, and fields state-of-the-art radar systems and is seeking an experienced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engineer to join the team. This position will focus on the design and delivery of state-of the-art imaging radar systems, including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and associated technologies.

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

+ Work as part of a team to conceive, develop, design and deliver state-of-the-art imaging radar systems and related technologies to our customers.
+ Work with customers from our diverse 5340 ISR portfolio to understand their needs and identify solutions that meet or exceed their requirements.
+ Help define and develop the next generation of Sandia imaging radar sensors and data exploitation advances, which may include advanced modalities such as polarimetric SAR, 3-D terrain mapping, velocity-independent target tracking, multistatic data processing and exploitation, and radar-enabled precision guidance.
+ Pursue research funding opportunities, serve as a Principal Investigator, and maintain external interactions with academic, government and other research partners.


+ Bachelor?s and Master?s in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM discipline;
+ Five or more years? experience in the design and realization of real-time digital signal processing systems;
+ Experience using MATLAB for DSP applications;
+ Experience with C++ and/or Python.


+ Ability to develop and map complex DSP algorithms into hardware and software architectures;
+ Ability to implement advanced DSP architectures into fielded systems while meeting aggressive time schedules and size, weight, power, and cost (SWAPc) constraints;
+ Ten or more years? experience in the design and realization of real-time digital signal processing systems;
+ Experience in high-speed radar signal processing;
+ Experience in performing signal-to-noise analysis in complex RF communication systems;
+ Experience in performing link budget calculations and transmitter/receiver cascade calculations; this includes understanding antenna gain, calculating atmosphere loss, bit error rates, etc.;
+ High-level mathematical skills;
+ Demonstrated ability to deliver research results as evidenced by the publication of papers in high impact refereed journals;
+ Experience in proposing research and securing funding;
+ Demonstrated ability to communicate original, technical research.

The Airborne ISR business area designs, tests, and integrates cutting edge technology to demonstrate, field, and support high-impact airborne ISR RF-imaging systems in support of the warfighter. More specifically, the RF-imaging capabilities includes synthetic aperture radar [SAR], ground moving target indication [GMTI], coherent change detection [CCD], video SAR/CCD, and other modalities, all with an emphasis on real-time tactical applications. Systems engineering is applied to the "end-to-end" mission space including platform integration and mission support, advanced processing, exploitation and dissemination [PED], activity based intelligence/patterns of life [ABI/POL] and effective Human-Mission Interfaces [HMI] including analyst training and support.

The Airborne ISR business area has a number of systems currently deployed around the world. These systems are crucial in fighting terrorism and supporting the warfighter. Extensive research and development activities not only support advancing the state of the art in core Airborne ISR Systems technologies, but also include the continued exploration of the applicability of those technologies to multiple, evolving national security mission spaces.

Airborne ISR Systems evolved from Sandia?s nuclear weapons [NW] radar capability, which led to Sandia?s initial development of SAR systems for non-proliferation missions over 30 years ago. Airborne ISR Systems leverages its continuing support of Sandia's core NW mission allowing it to deliver innovation and unprecedented performance in groundbreaking radar systems, algorithms, and technologies.

The Airborne ISR Systems Group, 5340, designs, develops, and fields state-of-the-art radar imaging systems that address current and future national security needs. The organization partners with and supports a variety of Government and Industry entities on projects vital to our national security. Within this organizational framework, the ISR Advanced Exploitation and Human-Systems Integration Department, 5346, is responsible for the development of advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image exploitation methods through the application of advanced digital and image processing methods. In addition, the department is responsible for providing expertise in workflow analysis and design for highly demanding intelligence analysis applications.

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 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.

Security Clearance:

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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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