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Electrical Engineer for Sensor Development and Signal Analysis

Sandia National Laboratories
Country of Position: 
United States
Contact Name: 
Sandia Labs Recruiting
Subject Area: 
Applies to General Signal Processing
Start Date: 
18 May 2021
Expiration Date: 
18 June 2021
Position Description: 

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a driven and results oriented Electrical Engineer to support existing research efforts to test geophysical instrumentation and perform signal analysis of seismic data. All research is team oriented and directed at increasing national and international monitoring capabilities for underground nuclear explosions. Opportunities exist to conduct research on improving methods for signal analysis of unique seismic datasets and interpret the results and communicate findings through presentations and publications.

The projects offer the ability to perform hands-on work designing experimental setups conducting those experiments both in the laboratory and in an outdoor internationally recognized facility. These experiments support real-world deployments of monitoring equipment and offer a chance to combine electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, geophysics, and metrology principles. Additionally, opportunities exist to develop new signal analysis processing techniques to identify hard to distinguish events within time-series data.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Responsible for designing and conducting experiments to evaluate the performance of commercially available geophysical instruments in both laboratory and operational conditions
  • Identify test metrics and standards for testing environmental variables impacting commercial geophysical instrumentation systems and apply principles of metrology to devise experimental setups for testing
  • Collaborate with computer scientists to develop signal detection algorithms
  • Modify an existing code base to test a new hypothesis and write data analysis codes to interpret and graph results
  • Participate in journal article discussion groups and seminar series, along with drafting publications, reports, and presentations

Qualifications We Require

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, geophysics, or closely related field, with an emphasis on instrumentation or signal analysis
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience operating and testing geophysical (seismic and infrasound) instrumentation
  • Principles of metrology applied to the calibration of geophysical instrumentation
  • Experience in geophysical signal processing
  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a focus on customer service
  • Proven experience with at least one computer programming language (Java, C++, Python, MATLAB)
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet scheduled work completion dates
  • Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information at a level tailored the audience

About Our Team

We perform geophysical monitoring research and development in support of Sandia's mission as a national security laboratory. The team's geophysics expertise addresses challenges surrounding ground-based nuclear detonation detection through next-generation algorithms exploiting multi-phenomenological data, advanced sensor technologies, and demonstration experiments. We have a wide range of expertise in field seismology, subsurface characterization, seismo-acoustic and infrasound modeling; evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems; and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. Technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab and field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia's resource for ground-based monitoring expertise, partnering with departments across the labs to integrate multiple types of data-including optical, seismic, electromagnetic, infrasound, atmospheric, radionuclide-to address broad national security needs.

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, 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.

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