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RampD Electrical Engineer - Signal Processing Early/Mid-Career

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Jul 29, 2020

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Ready to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security? Passionate about the protection of critical assets and other high value targets? Join our dynamic team and make a difference!

We are seeking an Engineer (Electrical, Optical, Computer Science, or Math) to join our diverse team, who, on any given day, will be challenged to:

Research and apply concepts from the domains of electromagnetic/radio frequency (RF) interference, autonomy, machine learning, and signal processing to analyze and solve complicated problems
Use signal processing techniques to analyze data collected from sensors, cameras, and RF transmitters/communications equipment
Design, develop, analyze, and test advanced sensor, imager, or communications technologies, conduct in-lab system-to-system integration, and participate in field tests and demonstrations
Design and conduct tests and experiments on physical security system components including counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) technologies
Evaluate, develop, and implement algorithms or other data processing techniques to classify data in support of many diverse applications, including countering unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones
Write and present technical papers and proposals

The selected applicant will work on a diverse set of problems associated with physical security system performance including sensing, assessment and mitigation of a variety of physical threats such as unmanned aircraft, or drones. The applicant will participate in collection and analysis of RF, radar, optical, acoustic, and shock physics data. The work will include participation in field and laboratory experiments and testing outdoors and potentially at various test sites around the country. A mathematics/statistics background will compliment some of the practical signal/image processing experience highlighted in this posting.

Ability to travel domestically up to 25% of the time may be needed.


Advanced degree (Masters) in Electrical Engineering or relevant STEM field
Experience in, and you have the desire to, perform laboratory and field testing, RF measurements, and signal processing
Can obtain a DOE Q clearance


Experience with RF collection and analysis equipment including signal / spectrum analyzers, receivers, transmitters, antennas, and cable signal loss measurements
Demonstrated experience in data acquisition and signal processing/analysis, especially in the RF, optical, and shock physics domains
Experience with signal processing using FPGAs
Familiarity with radar principles, operation, troubleshooting and data analysis
Experience with the design, assembly, testing, and/or implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and/or Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS)
Experience with deep learning or other statistical learning approaches
Good written and oral communication skills
Ability to participate equally well in a follower or leadership role

Department Description:

Our mission is to counter autonomous threats and improve the performance of physical security systems that protect high value national assets. We conduct research, development, testing, and evaluation of components and capabilities to advance the science and performance of physical security systems. Our work addresses current operational challenges as well as emerging and future threats. We bring to bear innovations from industry and laboratory directed R&D investments, a systems engineering approach, and the combined power of the national Lab to address real-world problems. We are the Counter-UAS technology test agent for DOE, NNSA, and DHS.

About Sandia:

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Challenging work withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: ****
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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.

EEO Statement:

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.

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