26 days old

Electrical Characterization and Sensor Design Staff

Livermore, CA 94550

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking scientist or engineer to perform system and component level design and testing of sensor architectures that function at the intersection of electrical engineering and materials science. You will quantify electrical and electrochemical characteristics of material interfaces, gathering and analyzing data to develop a deep understanding of how interfacial properties influence impedance and material electrical behaviors. Using these datasets, you will harness your experience and technical creativity to develop next generation sensor architectures that detect environmental signals for the purpose of solving critical national security challenges.

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

+ Characterize the electrical properties of material interfaces using impedance measurements, spectroscopy, and other techniques

+ Plan and implement experiments to isolate variables needed for understanding functional materials phenomena

+ Interpret data from measurements to understand the electrochemical origins of interfacial conductance behavior

+ Lead and train technologists to perform in situ measurements and data acquisition of electrical characteristics of materials and material interfaces

+ Develop new system concepts, architectures, and components consistent with improving the nuclear stockpile.

+ Conduct system-level design architecture analysis that combines several component parts or subsystems into a complete functional system.

+ Develop advanced engineering demonstrator and/or test units, conduct testing, and analyze test results

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

Qualifications We Require:

+ Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or closely related field plus at least one year of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ Laboratory experience with electrical measurements of materials (e.g., RF, impedance, and/or electrochemical signatures) that includes data acquisition and analysis

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ PhD in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a closely related field

+ Experience using electrical characterization equipment (e.g., Oscilloscopes, Spectrum analyzers)

+ Experience with multiphysics software tools for modeling and simulation of sensor components or devices

+ Experience with data analysis and/or statistics using Microsoft Excel, Matlab, Minitab, or equivalent software

+ Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD)

+ Knowledge of tools and programs such as C/C++, SPICE, LTSpice, LabView, Altium or EAGLE PCB

+ Experience with microcontrollers (e.g., PIC, Arduino, Raspberry pi) or FPGAs (i.e., VHDL coding)

+ Experience in the design, fabrication, and testing of portable sensor systems

+ Proven ability to work autonomously, while integrating effectively into a multidisciplinary team environment

+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to work alongside a team with a diverse set of backgrounds

About Our Team:

The ND Materials and Rad Effects department provides expertise in materials and radiation sciences to support Sandia’s missions in nuclear deterrence, proliferation detection and energy. We steward radiography capabilities and exercise them to image and analyze the structure of materials and components. We develop and characterize organic and inorganic materials used as scintillators in radiation detection technologies. We perform detailed modeling, simulation, and experiments to characterize and analyze the effects of ionizing radiation on materials and components used in our engineered systems. All of this is accomplished by bringing to bear our advanced capabilities and the team’s expertise in materials science, chemistry, physics, computation, and engineering.

The Responsive ND Architectures department provides system-level leadership for activities across the nation’s Nuclear Security Enterprise that enable an agile, affordable, and assured Nuclear Weapons Stockpile. These include developing weapon system architectural designs, exploring system integration options for future missile systems, developing function demonstration test units for future systems in support of demonstrator programs, and providing system context and future technologies needs to internal laboratory-wide research programs. The larger Advanced & Exploratory Systems Group is responsible for establishing and building partnerships with NNSA, the U.S. Air Force, and the Kansas City Plant National Security Campus (NSC), as well as internal nuclear weapons component organizations, systems analysis and strategic partnering groups, and the broad Sandia science & technology community.

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: 683503



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-06 Expires: 2022-07-06

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