Electrical Engineer - FPGA/CPU/Analog to Digital Interfaces-Remote Sensing (Early-Mid Career) at Sandia National Laboratories

University of Wisconsin Green Bay

United States

July 11, 2021


What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a driven and results-oriented Electrical Engineer to join our dynamic team to provide technical leadership for projects relating to remote sensing and satellite systems. The job involves research, design, fabrication, integration, test, and deployment of electrical components, subsystems, and assemblies. The successful candidate will have experience with digital designs for embedded applications such as:

  • Processor board design (both CPUs and/or GPUs)
  • FPGA design and HDL (specifically VHDL) experience
  • High-speed network and interface electronics
  • High-speed analog to digital interfaces
  • On any given day, your job responsibilities may include:

  • Collaborate to understand, simulate, and test electrical components and systems exposed to the radiation environments present in space
  • Research and design components, subassemblies, and systems that are resilient to these environments
  • Full product design cycle: design, manufacture, and support of analog and digital circuitry
  • Work with the layout design engineer to mitigate potential issues in manufacturing and system operation
  • Coordinate with PCB fabrication and assembly shops concerning design and part issues
  • Test and validate PCBs after fabrication
  • Support lab and outdoor field testing of electro-optical prototypes
  • Modify and update firmware used in prototypes
  • Qualifications We Require

  • A Bachelors degree in electrical engineering with 5 years' experience or Master's degree in the above stated field plus one year experience
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance
  • Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with the following: electronic system design; analog, digital, and embedded systems; circuit design and simulation; integrated circuit and component breadboarding and evaluation; schematic creation, evaluation, and analysis; board layout evaluation
  • Testing/troubleshooting specific experience including: board level testing, modification and rework; use of laboratory test equipment (oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, waveform/function generators, multimeters, power supplies, and data acquisition systems)
  • Proficiency with the following software: schematic and layout software (Eagle, Altium, and/or Mentor Graphics); signal processing software (Python and Matlab); Office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio)
  • Experience with programming languages and embedded systems (i.e. C/C++, Arduino, and LabVIEW)
  • Proven experience with Microcontrollers (Microchip and STMicro), single board CPUs (Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone), and Arduino devices
  • Demonstrated ability with electro-optics: lasers, photodetectors, and associated electronics
  • Experience with soldering and rework tools
  • About Our Team

    We have researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities.

    The Counter-Proliferation R&D group (6775) researches and develops new science applications, models, and technologies to solve the Nation's counter- proliferation challenges. The department combines Optical Physics and Engineering to investigate optical phenomenology, develop models, conduct experiments, and invent prototypical systems to solve the Nation's toughest challenges.

    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: https:// 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.