RD Computer Engineer - Data Systems Engineering (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
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The Weapons Design & Assurance Group is looking for qualified Research and Development Computer Engineering candidates interested in collaborating within a high performing team on next generation technologies to provide solutions to national security applications. The group engineers and delivers technology solutions across the entire spectrum of mission data (producers, consumers, transport, and analysis). These solutions are a mix of hardware and software. Hardware design challenges range from microcontrollers to high performance computing networks and software design challenges range from binary microcode to high-level application and system solutions. Also in the design mix is FPGA firmware development in VHDL or Verilog and signal processing of images and sensor data in both hardware and software. Computer Engineers in group 2660 deliver systems to the customer base accompanied with a qualification and testing pedigree that provides assurance the system will function in the intended environment for the purpose of the mission. Applicants will also have opportunities to propose and participate in internal research and development efforts. Successful candidates will gain experience in embedded hardware and software design, signal processing algorithm development for NW and Radar instrumentation, Missile Defense control systems, network security, pattern recognition and data analytics for sensors, and work with “systems on a chip”.

Some travel may be required

Department Description:

The Weapons Design & Assurance (2600) is a multi-discipline, product-focused organization that provides engineering design, components, subsystems, integration, testing, and field support for nuclear weapons and other national security applications. Examples of these applications include the development of satellite and other space-flight payloads, testing for high consequence military programs, nuclear weapon safety mechanisms, high reliability electronic products, and telemetry and software systems. The Center is divided into four main competencies: Advanced Mechanical Design, Firing & Embedded Systems, Hi-Reliability Electronic Products, and Data Systems Engineering.

The successful applicant will join high performing technical teams in the Data Systems Engineering Group and will handle the design, development, qualification, and delivery of highly specialized hardware and software components and subsystems for national security applications. These systems must be designed to meet demanding performance specifications, offer extremely high reliability, enable integration and interfacing to complex host systems, and meet stringent survivability requirements in adverse environments. Successful candidates, depending on skills match and placement within the Data Systems Engineering Group, will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions in a wide variety of disciplines including analog and digital design and development, embedded development for real-time systems, data processing and analysis to include image and signal processing applications, network and communications technology, trusted systems design and development, testing/fielding complex hardware and software systems, and exploratory data analytics and applied data science. Candidates will be exposed to a variety of hardware and software development environments and methodologies spanning traditional waterfall development and systems engineering to agile development processes.

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 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.

EEO Statement:

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.



  • Bachelor's degree in computer engineering or relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant STEM discipline plus 1 or more years' relevant experience, or 5 or more years of relevant computer engineering or computer science experience
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level security clearance


  • Experience in developing hardware for microprocessor, microcomputer, CPLD, DSP, and high-performance computing networks.
  • Proven ability to develop software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, FPGAs, ASICS, telecommunication and wireless networks in a variety of design environments (Model-Based Design, VHDL, Verilog, schematic, physical layout/semiconductors).
  • Experience in designing real-time operating systems, drivers, and application software from high-level, object oriented languages to assembly language and binary microcode.
  • Proven ability to develop signal processing algorithms for applications in radar, instrumentation, control systems, network security, robotics, sensors, and systems on a chip.
  • Experience in developing telemetry and trusted systems including data recorders and fire sets.
  • Experience with commonly used modeling, design, and analysis tools including Labview, MatLab, Simulink, Green Hills tools, and others.
  • Proven ability to test and debug hardware and software systems with the archival of test/debug evidence.
  • Understanding of systems engineering and design quality processes with proven experience in AS9100, ANSI/EIA-632, and other industry standards.
  • Familiarity with hardware and/or software requirements generation for verification, validation and qualification.
  • Experience in printed circuit board-level and/or component level circuit design, communication system design, signal processing and data analysis.
  • Expertise in state-machine and data throughput designs, synchronous/asynchronous circuit analysis and board-level power analysis.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting for a common purpose.
  • Oral and written communication skills, typically evidenced and demonstrated through technical publications and presentations. Examples can include academic work products, peer-reviewed conferences and publications, internal and external product and/or system whitepapers and technical briefings, test plans and procedures, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute and deliver technical work products with application of appropriate rigor and pedigree documentation (design/code reviews, technical oversight/approvals, project team concurrence, artifact generation, etc).
  • Active DOE Q-Level security clearance and SCI security clearance.
  • Demonstrated ability to bound/estimate and deliver systems and/or components within negotiated cost, schedule, and performance.
  • Domain knowledge and system experience in any or all of nuclear weapons, satellite/payload, and/or aerospace and flight programs.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.



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