22 days old

Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Software 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 Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Software Engineer. Your primary focus will be the analysis of signals, the development of signal detection algorithms for advanced RF communications systems for National Security applications in RF Cyber Security. You will become a member 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. Our advanced communication systems generally include highly optimized Size, Weight, and Power constrained groundbreaking signal processing transceivers, antennas, GPU’s, & SDRs. We develop with GNU radio, C++, and python, but continually explore new technologies in the area to include machine learning applications. We assess communication protocols for potential cyber-security vulnerabilities.

This R&D Microwave and Sensor Engineer position requires on-site work in a collaborative electronics laboratory environment using iterative/agile methods to develop capabilities and requires occasional travel of 3-4 trips per year. Please know that you may be hired into this organization or it's sister organization.

On any given day you may be called on to:

+ Development new digital signal processing methods

+ Develop DSP code in Matlab/GNU Radio for SDR applications

+ Research new Radio Communication Systems, associated Signals of Interest and Protocols

+ RF system conceptualization and realization

+ Research, develop, analyze and/or field test RF systems

+ Interact with customers & stakeholders on system conceptualization and design

Qualifications We Require:

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

+ Equivalent experience in lieu of degrees must be engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

+ 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:

+ Experience with application level software for Software Defined Radios (GNU Radio, Matlab/Simulink, Python, C/C++, etc)

+ Experience with RF microwave and antenna/EM applications

+ Familiarity with embedded DSP Firmware and associated software tools/languages or equivalent (e.g. VHDL)

+ Familiarity with general test and measurement equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM, logic analyzers) and RF test equipment (network analyzer, spectrum analyzer)

+ The ability and desire to participate in field tests

+ Knowledge of RF, Digital Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Cyber Security systems and principles

+ 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

+ The ability to occasionally travel

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: 683040



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-04 Expires: 2022-06-03

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