R&D Electronics Engineering Circuit and Device Analyst (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Job Code
    676159
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

What Your Job Will Be Like

Are you interested in working at the best engineering lab in the world in Advanced Science and Technology performing advanced modeling and simulation research for the nation's security? Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security!

The Component & Systems Analysis department has a job opening for a qualified candidate to work on a vibrant, high-productivity team analyzing high-fidelity electrical devices, circuits and system models in extreme environments. As electrical system analysts, we develop and exercise high-fidelity electrical engineering models and experiments to address a range of challenging technical issues associated with assuring performance and safety goals. We analyze complex electrical systems, utilizing computational simulations to characterize and predict all aspects of electrical system performance, including electrical interface compatibility, signal integrity, power distribution and integrity, analog and digital circuit behaviors, and electronics performance under extreme (e.g., temperature and radiation) environments. We are actively pursuing Research & Development (R&D) work to develop and apply novel modeling and simulation approaches, especially for multi-fidelity and cross-disciplinary applications. 

We address a range of challenging technical issues associated with assuring performance goals across nuclear weapons programs. Regular responsibilities include: developing device and circuit models, conducting simulations on Sandia's high performance computing clusters, working with code developers to improve the in-house circuit and device simulation capabilities, validating results against specifications and test results, and interacting with a wide variety of customers.

Opportunities exist to work with either circuit and device effects analysts, in-house code developers, or to pursue research/development/application of innovative modeling and analysis techniques such as machine learning and surrogate models.

You may also work on projects that consist of the following:

  • Develop and simulate analog circuit (SPICE), digital logic (VHDL/Verilog), or mixed analog-digital models 
  • Utilize and develop interfaces between various simulation and analysis tools to support mixed-fidelity (i.e., mixed level-of-abstraction) simulations. Examples might include analog (SPICE) simulations in conjunction with uncertainty analysis/optimization tools (e.g., Sandia’s DAKOTA optimization toolkit); or digital (VHDL/Verilog) simulations in conjunction with Matlab/Simulink 
  • Conduct simulations on state-of-the-art multi-node high performance computational platforms for the characterization of circuit performance, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification
  • Develop a detailed understanding of customer requirements and verify electrical model (e.g., electrical device, component, or system) performance to those requirements 
  • Work closely with systems engineers, designers, and experimentalists to create and exercise models and analyze, validate, and report results
  • Modeling aging and degradation modes of electronics
  • For the interested applicant, opportunities exist to pursue 1) development of innovative electrical analysis techniques; 2) work with electromagnetic effects analysts; 3) work with device physics experts; 4) work with internal code developers for Sandia’s SPICE solver (Xyce) and TCAD code (Charon), and 5) work with experts across the department in the neuromorphic computing architecture work or the formal methods development teams

About Our Team

Department 1356 is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and other programs. Our capabilities include physical and computational simulation of electrical components and systems, model extraction, and theoretical behavior of components in extreme environments.

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.

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.

EEO

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.

Requirements

Qualifications We Require

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering or a related STEM field
  • Experience or training in analog circuit simulation and/or design
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Exposure to analog (PSPICE), digital (VHDL/Verilog), functional, behavioral, discrete event, or other circuit simulation software
  • Exposure to digital design and verification techniques
  • Electrical circuit design (analog or digital) and/or modeling experience
  • Exposure to the application of statistics to simulation results and analysis
  • Exposure to Uncertainty Quantification or experimental validation of computational models
  • Experience using UNIX/Linux operating systems and/or High-Performance Computing clusters
  • Proficiency in a high-level programming language (e.g. C/C++, Matlab, Python)
  • Knowledge of radiation effects on semiconductor devices and/or circuits
  • Experience or training in physics and modeling of semiconductor devices
  • Demonstrated experience with teaming for results

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