Senior Reliability Computer Engineer- Onsite

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 12, 2024
Apr 19, 2024
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

Are you passionate about testing and qualifying advanced technology and utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team and apply your technical skills towards challenges with impact to national security!

We are seeking a collaborative, motivated Reliability Computer Engineer with radiation effects experience to join our research & development team job code. We have a growing business designing and developing innovative, state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions supporting programs at Sandia and other external organizations. Our products include telemetry and instrumentation systems, flight, space and satellite electronics, testers for nuclear weapons programs, remote sensing and verification systems, and other focus areas related to key national security challenges.

On any given day, you might:
• Be responsible for designing digital processing hardware, software and systems.
• Implement data/signal processing algorithms.
• Develop and test prototype and flight hardware and software.
• Qualify hardware, software, and procedures to ensure security and reliability of critical functionality.

Qualifications We Require

Bachelor's and master's degrees in relevant STEM discipline, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience specicifally in radiiation impact;
or Phd in STEM with a focus in radiation impact
5 years or more years of experience in FPGA firmware development, embedded software development or PCB design that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.
Demonstrated technical leadership
Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.
Qualifications We Desire

Experience and demonstrated understanding wih the effects of radiation on system functionality.
Proficiency in FPGA firmware development
Proficiency in designing, implementing, and testing embedded software in flight systems
Proficiency in Hardware development (Printed Circuit Board, Analog, Mixed Signal)
Experience in verification of digital processing algorithms via modeling and simulation
Experience in software programming languages such as C, C++, Java or Python
Experience in software tools such as Matlab or LabView
Proficiency in reading and writing a hardware descriptor language, such as VHDL, Verilog, or SystemVerilog
Proven ability to test and debug hardware and software systems.
Oral and written communication skills, evidenced through technical publications and presentations
Experience with nuclear deterrence, satellite, or aerospace programs, or with mitigation of challenges faced by hardware/software systems in these applications
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting for a common purpose
Experience in software development processes such as Agile
Active DOD top-secret or DOE Q clearance
About Our Team

The Weapons Design and Assurance Center 7600 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 and testing for high consequence military programs. The Center is divided into three main competencies: Advanced Mechanical Systems, Fuze/Firing and Embedded Systems, and Telemetry and Software Systems.Our specific department, Flight & Instrumentation Systems (07665), specializes in:Embedded software development for flight systemsDigital signal processing algorithm development including modeling and simulationCustomized firmware development for Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and System-on-Chip (SoC)-based systems targeting high-reliability applicationsHigh-speed, high-bandwidth applications with extreme data rates (16+ Gbps)Flight qualification, production, and information assurance processes to ensure system security and reliabilityOur team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.

Position Information

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.