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R&D Electrical Engineer- (Experienced) (Onsite)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7237839 (Ref:Sa693277)

Posted: May 12, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Electrical Engineer to join a team that designs, builds, and launches experimental missile and rocket systems. Two departments, the Electrical Systems Integration and Electrical Flight Systems departments, within the Missile and Strike Systems Group of the Integrated Military Systems Center seek electrical engineers to join our teams that develops, integrates, and tests electrical flight and ground systems for National Defense Programs.

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

  • Work as a member of high performing, passionate, multi-disciplinary teams
  • Design, analyze, integrate, test, and demonstrate electronics and avionic flight and ground systems for a variety of advanced aerospace applications such as hypersonic vehicles, rockets, missiles, and reentry body payloads.
  • Present design, analysis, and test results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop and execute test plans, assembly procedures, and other work instructions for flight system components, assemblies, and other hardware/software

Travel to support integration and test campaigns at off-site locations including launch facilities, production partners, and system integrators. Due to the nature of the work, this candidate must be able to work onsite.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer engineering, or a relevant STEM field, plus 5 years experience
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer engineering, or a relevant STEM field is preferred
  • A proven technical background and experience in the design, integration, and testing of complex electronic systems or components
  • Experience designing, integrating, and operating flight-grade electronics and avionics systems or other high-consequence systems
  • Experience developing and implementing test and instrumentation methods to include software and application design and development, automation, or system test applications to assess and evaluate complex electronic systems
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and/or system level testing with Hardware-In-The-Loop or Software-In-The-Loop systems
  • Experience using high level programming languages such as C, C++, or Java
  • Experience using MATLAB for data analysis
  • A learning orientation that enables development of new technical skills
  • The ability to collaborate and contribute as a member of multi-disciplinary and diverse teams
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to quality, safety, and security
  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other similar active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

About Our Team:

The Electrical Systems Integration and Electrical Flight Systems departments provide expertise and technical leadership in the design, development, testing, and demonstration of pathfinder aerospace flight systems. These systems include missiles, rocket systems, hypersonic flight vehicles, and associated ground support equipment. Our staff members play integral roles as flight test project team members. They actively engage in multi-disciplinary mission planning, system integration, testing, flight test execution, and post-test analysis of flight vehicles and technology development/maturation payloads.

We specialize in technical program development and novel design engineering. Our work encompasses assembly, integration, and testing of electrical/avionics systems and ground support systems. These efforts contribute to the development of next-generation flight concepts. The flight systems developed by our team serve as pathfinders for hypersonic technologies. Additionally, they demonstrate advanced and prototypical launch vehicle and reentry system capabilities. Our sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy defense programs, U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, NASA, and industry partners."

Example videos and news:

High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa\_AtKtidjw

“It Really Is Rocket Science!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koQfwHgOuMo&t=3s

News Release: Sandia supports hypersonic flight test: https://newsreleases.sandia.gov/hypersonic\_launch/

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: 693277

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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