Sandia National Laboratories R&D Cybersecurity (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

The Cross Domain Assurance department is seeking a Cybersecurity Engineer with an interest in prototyping, architecting, designing, and developing strategic solutions enabling cross domain software systems. We are researching new technologies and methods for developing improved networks to navigate information across different classification levels with increased performance and more reliability and security.

Candidates should have a desire to understand cross domain systems, policies, and accreditation processes. 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 a team with others of diverse and multi-disciplinary skill sets
  • Develop solutions for hardware and software trust and assurance
  • Implement authentication and authorization controls while maintaining network operations, information protection, and resiliency
  • Report on progress and advances to peers, management, and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to deeply rewarding missions through engagement with cybersecurity and computer science specialties and specialists.

Occasional travel may be required.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s in a relevant STEM discipline, plus 5 of years experience or Masters' degree in a relevant STEM discipline, plus 1 year of experience. Degree(s) must be conferred prior to start date
  • Experience with network administration, specifically with authentication and authorization controls
  • Experience researching and evaluating network technologies and analyzing, troubleshooting, and debugging complex systems at both the component and system level


  • Active DOE Q or DOD security clearance
  • Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI clearance, which means being willing to take a polygraph test if randomly selected
  • Experience with cross domain systems (CDS)
  • Experience with one or more of the following: network design/architectures, network implementation, system architectures (e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac), system administration, database systems, webservers, application servers, firewalls, network devices, secure-system design principles, information assurance principles
  • Experience with Vsphere or an equivalent virtual environment
  • Experience with Splunk and packet analysis (wireshark/tcpdump)
  • Experience with data science/analytics and one or more of the following: timeseries analysis, patterns of life analysis, behavioral analysis and/or geospatial analysis
  • Familiar with Cisco and/or Juniper hardware
  • Experience with integration platforms
  • Experience with any of the following: Java, Camel, Karaf, Integration Patterns, Docker
  • Experience with assembly or operating system programming, application layer programming, Dev-Ops programming, and/or network layer programming
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP and common network protocols (FTP, sFTP, HTTPS, HTTP), cyber-security technologies and best-practices
  • Experience with the entire software life cycle from requirements definition through verification and validation to delivery
  • Experience with a version control tool, preferably git
  • Well-developed leadership skills with the ability to prioritize and execute in a disciplined and focused manner
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to explain complex ideas clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrated ability to bound/estimate and deliver systems and/or components within negotiated cost, schedule, and performance

Department Description:

The Cross Domain Assurance (CDA) Department is responsible for engineering Cross Domain Solutions with a focus on the assurance and accreditation of each solution. The CDA combines Sandia National Laboratory experience and capabilities integrated with accreditable commercial components to design rigorous experiments addressing cross domain issues. This mission area requires the application of a wide range of computer science and engineering to develop alternative solutions and thorough verification methods ensuring that the recommended solutions satisfy critical customer requirements.

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.