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Digital Systems Security Engineer (Early-Career)

Livermore, CA 94550
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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.


Do you have experience in digital design, embedded systems security, software security, or have strong cybersecurity fundamentals? Are you excited to build innovative secure digital systems from the ground up at the forefront of national security?

If so, the Cybersecurity and Digital Assurance team is searching for an outstanding Digital System Security Engineer to join our team! The ideal candidate will work directly with weapon systems teams to design and secure their systems. You will design and analyze systems from a security perspective and discover security concerns and provide mitigating solutions. You will use your security knowledge to influence and cultivate a strong systems security engineering culture.

Come join our team and make a national impact.

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

+ Define system security requirements (hardware/software) from concept to production
+ Partner with design and engineering teams to create secure systems
+ Assess and review system-level security risk and provide vulnerability remediation guidance and recommendations
+ Architect, design, and validate security implementations of digital systems
+ Develop applicable security policies, standards, and procedures
+ Identify and present innovative security solutions
+ Develop and implement new technologies that can advance security of the system
+ Support technical design reviews (hardware/software) including security audits, and provide clear feedback and solutions
+ Conduct threat assessment and red-teaming exercises


+ Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related subject area plus 2 or more years of applicable experience; or equivalent
+ Strong cyber security fundamentals and experience in one or more of the following areas: digital systems design, hardware security, embedded systems security, and/or software security
+ Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


+ Proven experience in electronic design, hardware/software security architecture, hardware development, formal methods, applied cryptography and protocols, vulnerability assessment, security threat models, risk assessment, systems engineering
+ Knowledgeable in hardware description languages and fundamentals of digital IC product lifecycle (ASIC, FPGA)
+ Proven experience auditing code in C/C++, Java, Python, Assembly, or other languages and knowledge of their security implications
+ Experience with security requirements, security standards, and assurance (NIST, CNSS, etc.), with solid understanding of risk management frameworks
+ Knowledgeable with secure-system design principles, and information assurance principles
+ Well-developed communication and leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
+ Creative and collaborative approach to innovation in an R&D environment
+ Active DOE Q security clearance

Department Description:

The Cyber Risk & Enterprise Security department focuses on two primary functions for the laboratories. The department is the home of the Nuclear Deterrent Digital Systems Security team and Sandia National Laboratories California Enterprise Cyber Security team.

The Nuclear Deterrent Digital Systems Security team provides digital-system security expertise and analysis for Nuclear Deterrent (ND) system and component design, verification, and assessment. We partner with ND programs to assure digital specification, verification, and reliability considerations are well informed regarding cyber security issues and risks. Staff serve as local domain experts for SNL/CA ND systems and components organizations. We conduct research and develop digital-security methods and tools for ND applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems. We partner with external cybersecurity experts and internal cyber organizations across the laboratory to remain cognizant of and contribute to cutting edge digital security research.

The Sandia California Enterprise Cyber Security team is responsible for Sandia California's network security operations, the network security architecture, and information & cyber security research. The department performs research in all areas of cyber defense, vulnerability analyses of networks and networked systems, vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, incident response, computer and network forensics, counterintelligence technical support, and consulting services to other organizations with information security concerns. The team partners with various organizations across the laboratories and external stakeholders to ensure the protection of Sandia's information and assets.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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.


This job posting is at the Member level. If a Senior or Principal level employee applies and is selected, they will be moved into the Member level and their salary will be adjusted if necessary. Level promotions are not permitted on this requisition.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories’ collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-03-03 Expires: 2021-05-20

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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