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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
9 days ago



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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.


We are seeking a dedicated Optical Engineer to join our space-based optical sensor team. The job involves working across a multi-disciplined team to advance the state of the art in remote sensing for national security applications. This work will span optical and infrared wavelength regimes and many different sensor technologies.

The successful candidate will use their broad experience across the following subject areas: experiment data acquisition; signal processing; spectral/radiometric modeling; application of physics-based approaches to phenomenology of high explosive; and other events of concern to national security, advanced algorithm development to improve detection performance against transient events, and development of novel sensor system technologies.

On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Propose, plan, and execute laboratory or field experiments to measure the spectral and temporal signatures of sources of interest to national security
  • Model visible/infrared sources, atmospheric propagation, and sensor systems
  • Develop and field prototype visible/infrared radiometric and spectral remote sensing systems
  • Perform data acquisition, processing and feature extraction, and develop novel detection/extraction algorithms

  • Master's degree in Remote Sensing, Physics, Optics, or a closely related field plus 1 year experience
  • Research experience in remote sensing, data analysis, and image processing
  • Experience in end-to-end modeling of spectroscopic/radiometric events from source to detection
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearances

  • Strong computer programming skills
  • Knowledge of space-based payload operation and data collection
  • Experience with machine learning and other advanced detection techniques
  • Proficiency with C++, MATLAB, Python, or R
  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service
  • Ability to prioritize and balance competing activities
  • The ability to obtain and maintain an SCI security clearance

Department Description:

We have researched and developed new monitoring systems and technologies for over half a century. Building on that legacy, today we support national security missions involving nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, and various needs within the national security communities.

The Weaponization Science R&D Department (6772) is responsible for advancing national security missions through the development of innovative concepts for active and passive remote sensing systems, signatures, and exploitation. The department maintains a breadth of remote sensing competencies including target phenomenology, scene simulation, radiative transport, optical sensor modeling, spectral & temporal data processing, and algorithm development. This collection of competencies allows the group to develop novel, mission-specific sensor concepts as well as assess and predict mission performance for our government sponsors.

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, 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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 680428

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60998036
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Company Name: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Position Title: Remote Sensing Scientist - Space-Based Optical Sensor Team
  • Job Function: Aerospace
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