Sandia National Laboratories R&D Computer Science - Embedded Software Developer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The High Confidence System Environments 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.

You must have strong software engineering skills such that you 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 you support. You 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. You 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

  • Develop complex embedded software on high consequence systems in a classified environment.
  • Contribute to deeply rewarding missions through engagement with diverse computer science/engineering specialties and specialists.
  • Work independently with little oversight as well as collaboratively on an Agile team with others of diverse and multi-disciplinary skill sets.
  • Integrate multiple embedded software products and interface software and hardware components.


  • 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 4 years of related experience, 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++
  • 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
  • 3 or more years of embedded software development experience
  • 3 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 with a version control tool such as Subversion, CVS, PVCS, or ClearCase in a configuration-controlled environment
  • 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
  • Experience with cybersecurity concepts and their application
  • 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 High Confidence System Environments department offers modern and cutting edge approaches to develop software, engineering, and process solutions for complex systems and challenging domains throughout the Labs. We combine our software and systems engineering and development experience with creativity and a disciplined approach to deliver mission products and systems with assured quality and to advance the state of the art in the practice of software and systems engineering.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.