Electrical Engineer, Tester Design (Experienced) - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7236798 (Ref:Sa693175)

Posted: May 8, 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:

The Air Delivered Weapons Systems Tester Development Department (7256) and the Ballistic Missile Tester Development Department (7255) have an immediate opening for a passionate and motivated R&D Electrical Engineer to join an exciting, dynamic, and highly technical team. The selected candidate will be a member of a team that designs, fabricates, qualifies, and deploys sophisticated system-level nuclear weapon testers for the Stockpile Surveillance Program.

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

  • Design equipment used to emulate the delivery sequences of nuclear weapons in a laboratory setting.
  • Lead or collaborate within a multidisciplinary team of design engineers, systems engineers, technologists, and subject matter experts.
  • Design data-collection equipment to capture many normal and exotic signals, generated by the tester or by the unit under test.
  • Define custom cables, boards, chassis, or racks.
  • Integrate and troubleshoot tester systems used to monitor the health of the US Stockpile.
  • Validate the tester design against customer requirements.
  • Test weapon systems, subsystems, or components.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in Electrical Engineering or a relevant STEM field, plus one (1) year of directly related experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of directly related experience.
  • E xperience with analog and digital circuit design and analysis.
  • Experience creating and interpreting design definition drawings (e.g., wiring diagrams, power distribution diagrams).
  • Experience using common electrical laboratory equipment (e.g., oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, arbitrary waveform generators, etc.).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and Sigma 15 access, which may require a polygraph.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above stated field, plus four (4) years of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in the above stated field, plus eight (8) years of experience.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Leading or participating on high performing, multidisciplinary teams
  • Electronic testing and troubleshooting
  • Custom printed circuit board design
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Programming (e.g., C++, C#, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, Java)
  • Interface design (e.g., electrical–mechanical, hardware-software, component-component)
  • Electronic fabrication
  • Designing, developing, and qualifying complex electronics and systems
  • Requirements analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely in a laboratory setting.
  • Ability to comprehend large amounts of information / strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Active DOE Q-Level security clearance (or DOD equivalent).

About Our Team:

We are the premier test equipment engineering capability for the Stockpile Surveillance Program. We design, develop, and sustain qualified test systems used to evaluate the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapon stockpile. These departments provide an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, nuclear weapon design and function, and the role of Sandia National Laboratories in the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission.

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.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 693175

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: T

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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