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R&D Computer Science - Remote Sensing Systems Scientist (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102 Work Remotely

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated Engineer/Computer Scientist/Physicist to provide technical leadership for projects relating to remote sensing and satellite systems. Successful candidates will have deep knowledge in the areas of sensor design and data science to contribute to the conception, design, analysis, build, test, use, and/or data analysis of remote sensing systems. The roll is to independently conceive of novel solutions to challenging sensing problems related to imaging, spectroscopy, polarimetry, or other electro-optic sensing modalities. Furthermore, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work with sensing systems throughout their complete lifecycle, from conception to operation. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

+ Create novel algorithms to analyze data in new ways

+ Instantiate modern computer science techniques to exploit data

+ Collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to create a conceptual design of a remote sensing (satellite) system

+ Determine the appropriate sensing modality to solve a particular task

+ Lead teams of engineers to execute programs

This position is eligible for telecommuting and the selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical field plus 5 years' relevant experience

+ Experience with remote sensing data handling

+ Experience in object/target detection and classification problems

+ Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience with:

+ Several remote sensing modalities

+ Developing data processing techniques for imaging and/or spectroscopic systems

+ Machine learning techniques

+ Industry standard methodologies for software development and engineering

+ Demonstrated experience leading interdisciplinary teams and acting as project lead

+ Knowledge of the effects of extreme environments (e.g. radiation, thermal extremes, shock, and vibration) on sensor systems

+ Familiarity with satellite programs and processes

+ Experience as a technical design lead on multi-disciplinary projects

+ Strong organization and planning skills and ability tackle more than one assignment at a time

+ Desire to learn new skills as required and develop expertise in areas that may be unfamiliar

+ Excellent written and verbal communication, project coordination, and interpersonal skills

+ Ability to travel 20% or more of the time as dictated by program needs

About Our Team:

We specialize in developing innovative technologies for remote sensing in the areas of optimized digital processing, real-time decision algorithms, high-performance processing, remote distributed data processing architectures, rapid high consequence technology insertions for remote sensing applications, and remote sensing system engineering. The team focuses on missions that require autonomy and edge computing to reduce decision timelines creating a technological advantage for the intelligence community and the war fighter. Three key competencies are represented in the organization, including system modeling and simulation, high-performance computing for remote sensing applications, and embedded software with emphasis in machine learning for autonomous target recognition.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 684636



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-09-23 Expires: 2022-10-23

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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