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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


We are seeking a R&D Computer Science

The Critical Software Systems department is looking for candidates with strong software design and development skills, with an emphasis in embedded real\-time systems development, to join a high performing technical team in the design, development, qualification, and delivery of highly specialized software components and subsystems for national security applications\. These components must be designed to meet demanding performance specifications and security requirements, meet stringent survivability requirements in adverse environments, offer extremely high reliability, and enable integration and interfacing to complex host systems\.

Candidates must have strong software engineering skills such that they not only understand the fundamentals of software lifecycles, requirements engineering, verification and validation, configuration and change management, and build and release practices but also can apply the understanding and potentially improve processes and capabilities in these areas on the projects they support\. The successful candidate should be able to learn and execute the development methodologies and engineering practices being used by the established team and contribute to improving and refining those practices and processes\. The candidate will be expected to interact professionally and comfortably with internal and external customers and with team members\.

On any given day, you may be called on to

• Work independently with little oversight as well as collaboratively on an Agile team with others of diverse and multi\-disciplinary skill sets

• Work on high consequence systems in a classified environment developing complex embedded software

• Integrate multiple embedded software products and interface software and hardware components

• Contribute to deeply rewarding missions through engagement with diverse computer science/engineering specialties and specialists


Requires a Master's degree in a relevant STEM discipline such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Software Engineering or a Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM discipline plus entry level experience \(up to two years\), or equivalent combination of education and experience\.

Proven ability to design, develop, and deliver high quality maintainable production level software solutions using a well\-established programming language such as C or C\+\+\.

Experience with a version control tool such as Subversion, CVS, PVCS, or ClearCase in a configuration\-controlled environment\.

Ability to obtain and maintain a Sigma 15 clearance which may require a polygraph test\.


Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering with evidence of high academic achievement, typically represented by an undergraduate GPA greater than 3\.2 on a 4\.0 scale and a graduate GPA greater than 3\.7 on a 4\.0 scale\.

Three or more years of embedded software development experience\.

Three or more years’ experience with software design, development, and delivery using C or C\+\+\.

Experience with the entire software development life cycle from requirements definition to requirements V&V and product delivery\.

Experience in implementing communication interfaces among multiple software products\.

Experience analyzing and debugging complex systems at both the component and system level\.

Experience or familiarity with Agile software development practices\.

Experience or familiarity with Use Control systems\.

Ability to use standard lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers\.

An understanding of commonly used data structures and algorithms for software development\.

An understanding of software design and architecture, including use of common UML artifacts and diagrams\.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills\.

Self\-directed, organized, able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment\.

Active DOE Q clearance\.

Active Sigma 15 clearance\.

Department Description:

The Critical Software Systems department develops software for national security applications including high consequence embedded systems, infrastructure analysis, nuclear weapons, and cybersecurity\. We partner with customers to identify and analyze their needs and translate those needs into delivered systems\. Our process for high\-value and user\-centric software uses repeatable standards\-based approaches \- iterative, agile, and traditional \- for requirement analysis, software design, development, and deployment\.

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 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: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.