9 days old

RF Cyber Program Lead & Systems Engineer

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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:

Our team is seeking a highly motivated Program Lead and Systems Engineer to lead our 5300 RF Enabled Cyber program area. You will become the lead of a multi-discipline, success oriented high-performance team. Projects range from urgent, quick-reaction requests in response to urgent real-world driven needs to longer term 3-5 year efforts. We develop end-to-end advanced communication systems for National Security applications in RF Cyber Security. These systems generally include highly optimized Size, Weight, and Power constrained groundbreaking signal processing transceivers, antennas, GPU’s, & SDRs. We develop our digital signal processing techniques and software systems with GNU radio, C++, python, and Javascript technologies. While we deliver, we continually explore new technologies and potential application to our systems. In additional to system development, we continually assess communication protocols for potential cyber-security vulnerabilities that informs system development.

Your primary focus will be leading RF system development across several teams, projects, and customer sets. This includes understanding customer needs, requirements, cost, and schedule. Then matching up against technical staff and teams’ capabilities and capacities and ensuring coordination of work to ensure end-to-end system performance and delivery by working with team leads and domain experts. The position requires on-site work in a collaborative electronics laboratory environment and classified SCI environment. The position requires occasional travel of 6-8 trips per year.

On any given day you may be called on to:

+ Interact with external customers on cost, schedule, performance of many projects

+ Manage requirements and coordinate associated deliverables across teams

+ RF System ideation of potential new applications and technology to customer needs

+ Lead internal research, develop, analysis of RF systems

+ Present technical overview presentations of RF Systems and their capabilities

+ Provide input into department, group, and center strategies.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degrees in a relevant STEM discipline, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience

+ 5 or more years experience in one or more of the desired qualifications

+ The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI-level clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

• A familiarity with DoD and IC organizations and associated systems and operations• Experience leading and managing teams with both waterfall and/or agile approaches• Breadth of knowledge across technology areas to include RF front end and digital systems, embedded computer systems, and software applications.• Enough technical expertise and depth to effectively interact and manager technical Subject Matter Experts in their respective disciplines and/or sub-components• Proven experience in interacting with internal and external customers and partners• Knowledge of RF, Digital Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Cyber Security systems and principles• Knowledge of managing sub-contracts and purchases• Experience in Systems Engineering to include concept development, requirement creation and management, and management of both development and operational testing• The ability and desire to participate in field tests• An active DOE Q-level security clearance and an active SCI-level Clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret and SCI-level Clearance

About Our Team:

The RF & Systems Electronics Center (Center 05300) provides key electronics systems work to a wide variety of nuclear weapons, space, intelligence, and military programs across Sandia and the Nation. The Advanced RF Systems group (05330) supports the Nation’s technology superiority strategies by delivering capabilities for RF & spectral dominance, global highly reliable communications, and novel advancements for future strength. 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.The Advanced Systems department (05334) develops multi-domain novel electromagnetic attack & defense concepts and systems with an eye on low size, weight, and power constrained applications. Our customers include a variety of government organizations including the U.S Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community, and Special Operations. Our staff members have a diverse skills base including microwave circuit design, antenna design, signal analysis, digital signal processing, embedded software, and system designs comprised of the latest associated hardware. We partner across the laboratory and the group to bring on other critical skill sets to our multi-disciplinary team to include computer scientists, systems engineers, and cyber engineers. Our design challenges include system development (designing scalable systems, systems integration into host platforms, etc), understanding complex adversary systems and associated vulnerabilities, and signal analysis and generation of RF low probably of detect waveforms.

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: 683031



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-06-10

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