Computer Scientist (Experienced) - Space, Satellites, Remote Sensing Systems - Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec 02, 2023
Dec 06, 2023
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
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:
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What Your Job Will Be Like

For over 70 years, Sandia National Laboratories has defined and brought into existence some of the most importance scientific and engineering advances in global security. Our 15,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel work daily on projects that ensure that a peaceful and prosperous world is possible.

Our Mission: To render exceptional service in the national interest, is more than a statement of values - it defines our commitment to the nation and the world to embrace a diverse and inclusive culture that sees only opportunities for collaboration, not boundaries, and to leverage that ethos to advance the United States' position as global leader and innovator.

To support this mission, we are seeking multiple R&D Computer Science professionals to join highly productive teams that research and develop innovative solutions to a broad spectrum of problems of national importance. In this role, you will collaborate in an innovating environment to architect, design, develop, test, and deploy modern data processing software for sophisticated, real-time decision support systems!

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

Work on an Agile team developing software systems addressing exciting remote sensing problems, including the capture, processing, exploitation, visualization, and distribution of real-time satellite sensor data
Collaborate with architects, developers, technical leads, customers, and end users to collect requirements, design solutions, and deliver extensible software applications
Analyze existing systems and develop new solutions that push the state of what is possible
Propose and lead image processing and data-centric research and development projects
Use debugging tools, static analysis tools, test harnesses, and other capabilities to address sophisticated software applications and libraries
Engage with diverse specialists in areas such as data fusion, signal and image processing, analytics, cloud computing, machine learning, modeling and simulation, service architectures, data management and visualization, and pattern recognition

Our work is broad in character - much like the missions we serve - and we welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and work experiences in fields including, but not limited to, software engineering (front and back end), data engineering, data science, software test engineering, and other specialties. We also strongly encourage candidates with backgrounds in other areas of the sciences and engineering with significant software development experience to apply.

Applicants on this posting may interviewed and hired by multiple organizations within Center 6300.

Qualifications We Require

Education Requirements:

Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a relevant STEM field

Other Requirements:

Six (6) years related experience; or a PhD in fields listed above plus two (2) years related experience
Experience in software design, engineering, and development
Experience with object-oriented software development in C++, Java, or Python
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
Qualifications We Desire

Experience with the full software development process using Agile or Iterative methodologies
Experience using a subset of the following: system engineering, hardware and software architecture, distributed system design, data exploitation/mining/fusion algorithms, digital signal processing, image processing, optical systems, command and control systems, numerical analysis, modeling and simulation, relational/object/geographic database technologies, user interfaces, scientific data visualization, web service technologies, and multi-core/GPU/parallel computing
Proficiency in a subset of the following: requirements capture, software modeling using UML, systems-level software testing, high consequence anomaly resolution, documentation and training, information assurance, and deployment of delivered systems
Experience using CI/CD tools such as Maven, Gradle, Jenkins, GitLab, GitHub, or Docker.
Proven presentation and communication skills
Desire and ability to grow technical capabilities, programs, and staff
Evidence for and a desire to lead in any capacity (technical direction, project leader, program leader, mentor, educator, etc.)
Ability to obtain SCI clearance, which may require polygraph testing
About Our Team

Our team designs and develops sophisticated data processing systems and analytical applications that enable some of our nation's most compelling nonproliferation and national security missions. Our mission is to design, engineer, build, deploy and improve critical systems that transform data into decisions. Our systems support a range of applications including remote and in-situ sensing systems; satellite communications and control; distributed computing and analysis; real-time data collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination; and mission engineering and analysis. Our team's deep domain and technical experience, coupled with an operational mindset builds distinct and extraordinary capabilities for our nation and the people who put their lives on the line to protect it.

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.