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R&D Electrical Engineer-Space Systems Realization/FPGA (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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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 team-oriented and dedicated electrical engineer to support a multidisciplinary team that specializes in the R&D of advanced embedded electronics architectures for space systems. The selected applicant will be responsible for working directly with the team to develop and mature ground breaking space mission enabling electronics architectures.

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

+ Be responsible for designing digital processing hardware, software, and systems

+ Collaborate with technical team members on the design of space electronics architectures

+ Drive design realization through full life cycle; conceptual designs, trade studies, detail designs, procedures, assembly, testing, and verification

+ Develop and test prototype and flight hardware and software

+ Use Xilinx FPGA design tools to implement, simulate, and test FPGA designs

+ Use High Level Synthesis (HLS) tools to convert algorithms and functions into FPGA IP cores

+ Write, test, and debug Linux device drivers for interfacing with FPGA IP cores

+ Write, test, and debug C and Python applications for interfacing with FPGA IP cores

+ Understand requirements from both flight software teams and hardware/electronics teams and bridge the gaps between the two

+ Understand (and possibly implement) image processing algorithms using HLS tools, targeting FPGAs

+ Qualify hardware, software, and procedures to ensure security and reliability of critical functionality.

+ Serve as a technical interface for customers and internal management

+ Document customer expectations, define performance requirements, and work with the technical team to assure all expectations and requirements are met

+ Find opportunities to drive innovative solutions and create the future of space

+ Minimum GPA of 3.2 for bachelor’s degree and 3.5 for master’s degree (or PhD, as applicable)

Due to the nature of this position, relocation near Albuquerque, NM is required.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or relevant STEM field, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ Two (2) years’ experience designing and realizing electronic systems

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

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience in the design, analysis, realization, and testing of electrical products

+ Proficiency in designing, implementing, and testing designs in Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices or microprocessor-based SoC devices

+ Familiarity with FPGA design tools and processes and High Level Synthesis tools and processes

+ Experience with programming and/or hardware descriptor languages, such as C++, Python, VHDL, or Verilog.

+ Experience with engineering software tools, such as MATLAB or LabView

+ Experience using and writing applications for Linux (embedded Linux is a plus)

+ Experience writing Linux device drivers

+ Experience with electrical systems for satellite payloads, and/or aerospace programs

+ Proven ability to interpret requirements and design hardware in compliance with electrical and mechanical specifications

+ Proven ability to test and debug hardware and software systems, and/or familiarity with test equipment such as high-speed oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, etc.

+ Ability to collaborate with commercial or contracted suppliers to acquire hardware, software, or custom components procurement

+ Experience in designing digital and/or analog circuitry including sensors in a variety of technologies

+ Embedded electronic systems modeling and simulation experience

+ System level experience mapping performance and ICD requirements to embedded system instances

+ Familiarity with hardware and/or software requirements generation for verification, validation, and qualification

+ Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service

+ Demonstrated ability to work well in a diverse teaming environment

+ Interest in leading multidisciplinary technical teams at the system level

+ Active DOE Q and SCI security clearance or equivalent

About Our Team:

The Emerging Flight Technologies department is responsible for advancing innovative flight sensing capability in our nation’s security interests. Efforts include:

+ Developing more resilient space electronic architectures. Moving traditional algorithms, which were designed to run on high-performance ground stations, to the flight system.

+ Developing novel opto-mechanical systems that reduce jitter, improve optical performance, and improve geolocation.

+ Advancing sensor mod/sim beyond just radiometry. Incorporating all aspects of the scene, collection segment, and post-processing to understand overarching architecture performance.

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: 681639



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