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.

What Your Job Will Be Like

Ready to join a dynamic team that solves challenging technical problems for national security? Are you passionate about cutting edge research and developing technologies to bridge the gap between ideas and reality? Do you have a passion for Navigation, Guidance, Controls, or Signal Processing? If so, we invite you to explore this opportunity to join our impactful team!

Center 5300 focuses on RF, Navigation, Guidance, and Controls and electronic technologies for a variety of sponsors. This includes the development and fielding of high-performance Radar systems to support various Nuclear Weapon (NW), National Security Programs (NSP), homeland security, and interagency programs and R&D initiatives. The center further specializes on enhancing Navigation, Guidance and Control technologies through contested or denied environments, including navigation integrity and situational awareness, inertial measurement unit (IMU) calibration and specialization, advanced sensor fusion, and alternative navigation (altnav) sensors. These include, but are not limited to, terrain correlating Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR), star trackers, and signal-of-opportunity navigation for national security applications.


Organization 5300 has varied work opportunities and is actively seeking electrical/computer/controls engineers with experience or education in one or more of the following fields (successful applicants will be mentored by experienced engineers to further expertise in)

  • Navigation, Guidance and Control Engineering
  • Software Development in C++, Matlab, and Python, including object-oriented programming, version control (Gitlab), and test-driven development
  • Perform software and algorithm development for both real-time systems and modeling & simulation efforts in NG&C
  • State Estimation for both integrity and accuracy – statistical anomaly detection and traditional sensor fusion (e.g., Kalman Filtering)
  • Working with inertial sensors and their use in inertial navigation systems (accelerometers, gyros, control electronics, etc.)
  • Designing, implementing, and testing inertial systems for navigation, guidance, pointing and control.
  • Signal processing, with either Radar or GPS focus
  • Designing, implementing and testing fieldable hardware and/or software-in-the-loop radar capabilities. General radar signal processing: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) algorithms, back projection, matched filter methods, image formation algorithms, autofocusing algorithms

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Controls Engineering, Robotics or a relevant STEM discipline, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • A strong analytical background, either through work experience or formal education
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a required US DOE Q – level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire

Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Software development (C, C++/Java/Python)
  • Modeling & Simulation using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Navigation, Guidance and Control (NGC) expertise including areas such as: Estimation/Kalman filtering/Dynamics/Control systems
  • Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)
  • Radar signal processing
  • Real-time embedded systems development
  • Analyzing data off detection/sensor systems
  • Analog/Digital circuit design for inertial navigation systems
  • Radiation-hardened electronics
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent teaming and communication skills
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 for bachelor’s degree and 3.5 for master’s degree (or PhD, as applicable)
  • Active DOE Q or DoD TS security clearance.

About Our Team

Mission: We tackle the hardest RF and electronics problems through partnerships with government, industry and academia to advance nuclear deterrence and warfighter dominance.

Vision: Anticipate, Innovate, Dominate

We Value

  • People
  • Delivering with excellence
  • Innovation
  • Ethical leadership at all levels
  • Partnerships

Center 5300 provides key electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of programs across Sandia (including nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military systems) and also directly manages the Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) Program.

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.

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.

Job ID: 686155