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Microwave & Sensor Engineer - (Experienced) - Onsite

Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

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.
    What Your Job Will Be Like:
    Are you passionate about employing innovative technologies to solve critical national security problems? Would you like to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues in the national defense and intelligence communities? If so, we invite you to explore this new and exciting opportunity in our organization!
    The Electronic Systems Ops Department is seeking highly motivated RF Antenna Design Engineer to participate in the development of advanced RF systems, circuits, antennas and concepts for current and future national security applications.
    The selected candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a dynamic teaming environment, sharing resources as well as programmatic responsibilities across the group. Skillsets vary broadly, including RF/microwave circuit and system design, antenna design, digital signal processing, embedded system hardware and software, digital system design, operational field-testing development/support, and program/project management. As a recognized expert in RF systems and applications, you will work with technical staff and management in developing strategies and roadmaps for RF electronic systems and space architectures.
    Design challenges include highly miniaturized electronic system design, communication system architecture, ultra-low size, weight, and power (SWaP) hardware, ultra-low-noise receivers, and signal extraction/classification techniques in low Signal-to-Noise-Ratio environments.
    On any given day, you may be called on to:

    • Contribute to conceptualization, requirements development, circuit design, modeling/simulation, and product realization.

    • Experience in one or more of the following disciplines:

    • antenna design,

    • RF/microwave circuit design,

    • RF/microwave system design.





    • Design, Prototype, characterize, and troubleshoot RF/microwave and antenna hardware in a state-of-the art laboratory facilities.

    • Provide mentoring, coaching, and guidance on mixed-signal (RF, analog, digital) electrical designs being delivered in operational systems.

    • Find innovative ways to enhance our processes and products.

    • Apply strong multi-disciplined team leadership skills, military acquisition and product delivery knowledge, and an understanding of rigorous engineering design processes to successfully address national security mission needs.

    • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with interest and ability to interact with internal and external customers

    • Must have the ability to work both independently and on a team.

    • Some travel for technical interactions and field testing is required.
      Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time.

      Qualifications We Require:

      • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or relevant STEM field, plus 5 years experience.

      • Experience in RADAR Systems Design/ Analysis.

      • Experience in scripting language (i.e., Matlab, Octave, and/or Python).

      • Experience in RF Communications Systems.

      • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q-level or DoD TS security clearance required.

        Qualifications We Desire:

        • Experience in the following:

        • Automatic Feature Extraction and Signal Classification.

        • Detection and Estimation Theory.

        • Forward Error Correction.

        • Embedded Software/Firmware development.

        • Firmware implementation of signal processing algorithms in FPGAs, DSPs, and/or GPUs.

        • Digital Signal Processing.





        • Master's or PhD degree in relevant above fields.

        • Experience in or exposure to all "key areas" listed above, with emphasis on Antenna Design.

        • Familiarity with electromagnetics modeling, design, and tuning of unique form-factor antennas.

        • Experience with commercial RF/microwave circuit simulation and antenna design tools such as HFSS, ADS, CST, Momentum, Genesys, FEKO, IE3D, etc.

        • Experience with mixed signal digital, RF/Microwave, and analog hardware design including schematic capture and layout of high density printed wiring assemblies incorporating micro-controllers and FPGA's.

        • Knowledge of Digital Communications, radar, and/or EW systems and principles.

        • Familiarity with Defense (DoD), Special Operations (SOF), and Intelligence Community (IC) organizations.

        • Familiarity with space hardware and associated organizations.

        • Experience with high consequence electronics applications (ex. Space, weapons, and/or other high-security applications).

        • Expertise in architectural design and engineering with a proven record of strong job performance.

        • Top-notch verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling.

        • Active DOE Q or DoD TS clearance.

        • Active SCI clearance.

          About Our Team:
          The RF & Electronics Systems Center (Center 5300) provides key electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military programs across Sandia and the nation. The Strategic RF Systems group (Group 5370) supports the Nation's technology superiority strategies by delivering capabilities for global highly-reliable communications and novel advancements for future electronics. We are a highly dynamic set of departments that cross-team to provide integrated engineering systems solutions ranging from core research through prototype development and high-end, fielded products. Electronic Systems Ops Department (Department 5375) strives to:

          • Provide advanced hardware designs for strategic flight and ground systems.

          • Develop talented staff and partnerships to advance national capabilities.

          • Engage with partners to link communities and expertise for electronic components.

            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.
            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.
            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.
            Salary Range:
            *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.
            Salary Range:
            $104,100 - 176,900
            *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.
            Job ID: 692723

Keywords: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque , Microwave & Sensor Engineer - (Experienced) - Onsite, Engineering , Albuquerque, New Mexico

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