What Your Job Will Be Like
Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? If so, we encourage you to explore this new and exciting opportunity within Sandia National Laboratories.
The Advanced RF Applications department is seeking a highly motivated and experienced R&D Engineer interested in technical and project leadership opportunities working in the microwave radar-coherent communications portfolio of SNL’s Advanced RF Program.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Lead a highly technical hardware and software product realization and development team
- Serve as the primary interface to multiple government sponsors and stakeholders
- Travel to field tests with government/military end-users to extract requirements, demonstrate new technical capabilities and/or provide technical training.Prototype, characterize, and troubleshoot RF/microwave and antenna hardware in state-of-the art laboratory facilities.
- Brainstorm solutions to complex problems of national security significance and propose interdisciplinary technical solutions.
Qualifications We Require
- Bachelors degree or higher in a STEM field, plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to programs of high consequence to US National Security
- Demonstrated project/program leadership skills
- Demonstrated leadership performance in demanding environments
- Ability and desire to serve as primary interface to internal and external customers, sponsors, and stakeholders
- Some travel for program meetings, technical interactions and field testing
- Active DOE Q learance with the ability to obtain an SCI clearance, which typically requires a polygraph
Qualifications We Desire
Ideally, your background will include one or more of the following:
- MS or PhD in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering or directly related field
- Knowledge of the product realization process at SNL
- RF/Microwave Printed Circuit Board design experience
- Educational background or relevant experience in:
- RF/Microwave/Analog circuit design
- RF Communications Systems
- Signal Processing
- Embedded Systems (Hardware/Software)
- Electromagnetics modeling and antenna design
- Firmware implementation of signal processing algorithms in FPGA or DSP
- Laboratory skills and knowledge of RF-related test equipment
- Demonstrated field test experience
- Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink or equivalent (Octave)
- Knowledge of system and circuit-level EDA tools
- Knowledge of high-level programming language(s)
- Knowledge of RF Communications, RADAR, or EW systems and principles
- Hardware level signal processing experience (FPGA, DSP, or GPU)
- Active SCI clearance
About Our Team
The Advanced Radio Frequency Applications department researches, develops, evaluates and deploys specialized RF systems for a number of national security applications including space based, airborne, and terrestrial RF communications, Command and Control (C2), remote sensing, nontraditional Electronic Counter Measures / Electronic Warfare (ECM/EW), and specialized Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL) systems. Members of the department have broadly varying skills including RF/microwave circuit and system design, antenna design, digital signal processing, embedded system hardware and software, digital system design, operational field-testing development/support, and program/project management. Design challenges include highly miniaturized electronic system design, communication system architecture, ultra-low size, weight, and power (SWaP) hardware, ultra-low-noise receivers, and signal and image processing. We are tightly integrated with other departments in the Advanced RF Applications business area and regularly partner across organizational boundaries internal and external to SNL, to include working closely with Government/Military partners to consistently deliver high-impact solutions to some of our nation’s most difficult national security problems.
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 schedules, 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.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start.
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.
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.