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Electronics Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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.


Organization 05336, High Reliability Special Comm, is currently seeking an experienced, highly motivated R&D Electronics Engineer to participate in research, development, troubleshooting, field testing, production, and delivery of advanced RF/Microwave Special Communication Systems. The systems built are utilized in high impact, high consequence national security applications.

The selected applicant's primary focus will be the development of embedded software for specialized RF communication systems.

On any given day, one may be called upon to perform:

+ Conceptualization
+ Requirements to development and software programming
+ Operating systems integration and configuration
+ Crafting definition documentation
+ Qualification/acceptance testing process development and execution
+ System deployment support and system sustainment activities

It is crucial to have an in-depth understanding of mixed-signal (RF, analog, digital) electrical designs which enables the control, optimization, and troubleshooting of these special communication systems. Our systems are based on sophisticated signaling techniques and ultra-low power RF receiver/transmitter designs.

Successful candidates will become part of a multi-discipline, success oriented, high output project team delivering systems that impact National Security. Projects range from very fast moving, quick reaction requests in response to real-world driven needs to longer term, life-critical efforts with thorough development requirements. This position requires occasional travel.


+ A Bachelors degree in a relevant STEM field plus 10 years related experience
+ Experience developing embedded software and firmware (C, C++) in bare-metal or lean Operating System development environments
+ Knowledge and proficiency with time-critical control of electronics and sensors
+ Familiarity with general test and measurement equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, DVM, logic analyzers) and RF test equipment (e.g. network analyzer, spectrum analyzer)
+ An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret


+ Proven experience and/or course work and interest in wireless communication systems
+ Experience with the following:
+ Working in linux, building kernels, installing/upgrading libraries, drivers, memory management, and customization to run on a variety of embedded devices
+ Developing mobile apps for iOS and/or Android platforms
+ Programming and debugging large multi-threaded software projects
+ Controlling RF communication systems through software and firmware while optimizing their performance
+ Using and administering software project management and configuration management tools
+ Matlab programming, data processing, and simulation
+ The ability to plan, coordinate, and document laboratory and field tests
+ Phenomenal presentation skills with interest and ability to interact with customers
+ Strong communication and documentation skills
+ The ability to work effectively on both small and large software development teams (two-to-eight members)
+ An ability to acquire and maintain SCI access, which may require a polygraph

Department Description:

The High Reliability Special Communications Department (05336) develops terrestrial, airborne, and space based special communications systems for use in surveillance and reconnaissance and high value target and material controls. Our customers include a variety of government organizations conducting special operations missions. Staff members have a diverse skills base including microwave circuit design, antenna design, signal analysis, digital signal processing, embedded software, and digital FPGA designs. Applications include long and short-range communications and transponder systems, typically utilizing ultra-low power signaling techniques. Our design challenges include highly miniaturized electronics, low-power maximally efficient transceivers, signal extraction in very low signal-to-noise environments, and signal analysis of RF and communication systems.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-02-17 Expires: 2021-03-20

 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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