FPGA/Signal Processing/Digital Design Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7254343 (Ref:Sa693565)

Posted: June 16, 2024

Job Description

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Ready to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security? Are you passionate about RF and Electronics systems that help advance nuclear deterrence and warfighter dominance? If so, we invite you to explore this opportunity to join our impactful team and make a difference!

Organization 5343 is seeking a motivated and energetic electrical engineer to join our Firmware team! The successful candidate will be working on complex multi-disciplinary designs targeting command and control, communications, and data processing for scientific and national defense applications. As a successful candidate, you will be responsible for contributing as part of a team to complex systems that target state-of-the-art embedded platforms. Having a desire to learn and develop your own skills will be crucial and beneficial as you join a fun and motivated team to accomplish missions vital to our nation.

You will work alongside world-class authorities and emerging leaders and use your skills in the following areas:

  • FPGA/Firmware Design and Implementation
  • Embedded systems
  • Real-time data processing
  • Large scale development systems and architectures
  • Algorithm development, implementation, and validation
  • Verification and validation techniques

Salary Range:

$109,300 - $217,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in related STEM discipline, plus a minimum of 2 years related experience
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q - level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following, candidates are not expected to have all of these desired qualifications:

  • You possess embedded software and/or firmware development skills; as well as, familiar with the 1 or more of the following development methodologies or tools:
  • Experience in logic verification, preferably System Verilog/UVM
  • Experience with FPGA design tools (Xilinx Vivado, SynplifyPro, etc)
  • Experience with firmware DSP implementation
  • Experience in taking a FPGA design to hardware and/or ASIC and utilizing the full array of debug tools (embedded and bench logic analyzer, O-scope, etc)
  • Basic knowledge of RTL synthesis flow for ASIC design
  • Experience in software DSP implementation
  • Experience in low-level device driver development and interfacing with hardware
  • Experience with software quality tools and processes such as linters, code documentation tools, static analyzers, dynamic analyzers, continuous integration tools, unit testing, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment, building consensus and resolving issues.
  • Experience with HW/SW or system integration and troubleshooting
  • Willingness to work in a team-based development effort including tight integration with a hardware team
  • Good interpersonal and oral skills
  • Active DOE Q-level clearance.
  • Active SCI level clearance.

About Our Team:

Mission: We tackle the hardest RF and electronics problems through partnerships with government, industry and academia to advance nuclear deterrence and warfighter dominance.

Vision: Anticipate, Innovate, Dominate

We Value:

  • People
  • Delivering with excellence
  • Innovation
  • Ethical leadership at all levels
  • Partnerships

Center 5300 provides key electronics systems deliverables to a wide variety of programs across Sandia (including nuclear weapons, space, intelligence and military systems) and also directly manages the Surveillance and Reconnaissance (S&R) Program.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693565

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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Job posting number:#7254343 (Ref:Sa693565)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque,New Mexico
United States
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