Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Software Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Software Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)

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Location: Albuquerque, NM
Type: Full Time
Created: 2021-08-31 05:00:53

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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.

Our team is seeking a highly motivated Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Software Engineer. Your primary focus will be the analysis of signals, the development of signal detection algorithms for advanced RF communications systems for National Security applications. You will become a member of a multi-discipline, success oriented high-performance Software team. Projects range from urgent, quick-reaction requests in response to urgent real-world driven needs to longer term 3-5 year efforts. Our advanced communication systems generally include highly optimized Size, Weight, and Power constrained groundbreaking signal processing transceivers, antennas, GPU’s, & SDRs. We develop with GNU radio, C++, and python, but continually explore new technologies in the area to include machine learning applications.

This R&D Microwave and Sensor Engineer position requires on-site work in a collaborative electronics laboratory environment using iterative/agile methods to develop capabilities and requires occasional travel of 3-4 trips per year.

On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Development new digital signal processing methods

  • Develop DSP code for SDR applications

  • Research new Radio Communication Systems and associated Signals of Interest

  • RF system conceptualization and realization

  • Research, develop, analyze and/or field test RF systems

  • Interact with customers & stakeholders on system conceptualization and design


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant STEM field; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Experience developing embedded or application level software for Software Defined Radios

  • Experience with RF microwave and antenna/EM applications

  • The ability to occasionally travel

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and SCI-level clearance, which may require a polygraph test


  • Experience or familiarity with the following software tools/languages or equivalent (e.g. Python, C/C++, VHDL, GNU Radio, and Matlab/Simulink)

  • A familiarity with DoD and IC organizations and associated systems and operations

  • A familiarity with general test and measurement equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM, logic analyzers) and RF test equipment (network analyzer, spectrum analyzer)

  • The ability to plan, coordinate, and document field tests

  • Knowledge of RF, Digital Communications, radar, and/or EW systems and principles

  • Proven experience in interacting with internal and external customers and partners

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance and an active SCI-level Clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret and SCI-level Clearance

    Department Description:

The RF & Systems Electronics Center (Center 05300) provides key electronics systems work to a wide variety of nuclear weapons, space, intelligence, and military programs across Sandia and the Nation. The Advanced RF Systems group (05330) supports the Nation’s technology superiority strategies by delivering capabilities for RF & spectral dominance, global highly reliable communications, and novel advancements for future strength. We are a highly dynamic set of departments that cross-team to provide integrated engineering systems solutions ranging from core research through prototype development and high-end, fielded products.

The Advanced Systems department (05334) develops multi-domain novel electromagnetic attack concepts and systems with an eye on low size, weight, and power constrained applications. Our customers include a variety of government organizations including the U.S Armed Forces, the Intelligence Community, and those conducting special operations missions. Our staff members have a diverse skills base including microwave circuit design, antenna design, signal analysis, digital signal processing, embedded software, and system designs comprised of the latest associated hardware. We partner across the laboratory and the group to bring on other critical skill sets to our multi-disciplinary team to include computer scientists, systems engineers, and cyber engineers. Our design challenges include system development (designing scalable systems, systems integration into host platforms, etc), understanding complex adversary systems and associated vulnerabilities, and signal analysis and generation of RF low probably of detect waveforms.

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:*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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.