Research & Development Microelectronics Engineer

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

Do you want to join a diverse team that serves an organization that supports our national security?

Then join our dynamic Team! Our cybersecurity scientists and engineers engage in a variety of research areas including:

  • Deep physical analysis of legacy/modern semiconductor devices, circuit structures, and memories
  • Assessment of advanced electrical device characteristics, circuits and logic behaviors
  • Development, advancement and application of novel analysis techniques & tools
  • Detection of residual flaws and unexpected physical/functional behaviors
  • Novel approaches for protecting devices and circuits from external influences

When applying to this requisition, you may be interviewed and/or hired by one of several cybersecurity-focused organizations.

Department Description:

This department focuses on developing and executing microelectronics hardware analysis research programs, working collaboratively with Sandia's S&T community and external partners to inform and engage them in mission-enabling applied research for a variety of national security customers. In addition, this department is responsible for providing mission leadership to Sandia's state-of-the-art assessment capabilities that enable solutions to a breadth of embedded system and microelectronics measurement and analysis problems.

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:

*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.



  • You have both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in relevant disciplines plus 2 years’ experience; or a Doctorate in a related discipline; or Bachelor’s in a relevant discipline plus 6 years’ experience
  • Experience in the analysis of modern digital semiconductor devices & circuits, and the use of analytical tools/techniques for understanding detailed device functionality and/or failures.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance and SCI which may require polygraph testing.


Ideally, we would like for your background to include some of the following:

  • Advanced Degree(s) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, or an applicable equivalent STEM degree.
  • Experience conducting research resulting in creative technical solutions.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with modern commercial microprocessors, processor cores, and programmable logic devices.
  • Experience in applying analytical techniques using (for example) electron beam or laser microscopy tools.
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Active DOD/DOE TS/Q security clearance, with an active SCI clearance with polygraph test.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a SCI security clearance.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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 and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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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