Navigation, Controls and Signal Processing Engineers

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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What Your Job Will Be Like

Ready to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? Are you passionate about Navigation, Controls and Signal Processing applications that help advance nuclear deterrence and warfighter dominance? If so, we invite you to explore this opportunity to join our impactful team and make a difference!

Center 5300 focuses on RF, Navigation, Controls and electronic technologies for a variety of sponsors.  This includes the development and fielding of high-performance Radar systems to support various Nuclear Weapon (NW), National Security programs (NSP), homeland security, and interagency programs and R&D initiatives.  The center further specializes in inertial navigation using inertial measurement units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers; GPS-Denied and GPS-Degraded navigation; ultra-accurate position and velocity measurements for synthetic aperture radars (SAR) and enhancing these technologies through innovative research.  

Organization 5300 is actively seeking experienced electrical/controls engineers in the following fields:

  • Navigation, guidance and control Engineering
    • Perform software and algorithm development for both real-time systems and modeling & simulation efforts in NG&C.
  • Inertial sensor design, Integration and Test Engineering
    • Working with inertial sensors and their use in inertial navigation systems (accelerometers, gyros, control electronics, etc.)
  • Radar signal processing engineering
    • Designing, implementing and testing fieldable hardware and/or software-in-the-loop radar capabilities. General radar signal processing: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) algorithms, back projection, matched filter methods, image formation algorithms, autofocusing algorithms.

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

Qualifications We Require

  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Controls Engineering, Robotics or equivalent; or
    • Bachelors degree in relevant disciplines noted above, plus 2 years of experience, may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree
  • A strong analytical background, either through work experience or formal education
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a required US DOE Q – level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Software development (C, C++/Java/Python)
  • Modeling & Simulation using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Navigation, Guidance and Control (NGC) expertise including areas such as: Estimation/Kalman filtering/Dynamics/Control systems
  • Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)
  • Radar signal processing
  • Real-time embedded systems development
  • Analyzing data off detection/sensor systems
  • Analog/Digital circuit design for inertial navigation systems
  • Radiation-hardened electronics
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent teaming and communication skills

About Our Team

Mission:  We tackle the hardest RF and electronics problems through partnerships with government, industry and academia to advance nuclear deterrence and warfighter dominance.

Vision: Anticipate, Innovate, Dominate

We Value:

  • People
  • Delivering with excellence
  • Innovation
  • Ethical leadership at all levels
  • Partnerships

Center 5300 provides key electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of programs across Sandia (including nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military systems) and also directly manages the Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) Program.

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:
*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.


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.


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