Engineering and Technology: Electrical, Engineering and Technology: Electronics, Engineering and Technology: Engineering
4 Year Degree
We are looking for an experienced Power Electronics Design Engineer to join our team to provide technical expertise in design, development, qualification and production of custom, special use, magnetics components. You will work in team environment and lead research and development projects. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the design, development, and qualification of magnetic components such as pulse transformers, power transformers, flyback transformers, low inductance current viewing transformers, isolation transformers, trigger transformers, push-pull transformers, solenoid coils, inductors, coupled inductors, and stator windings. In addition, knowledge of the known failure modes of these components and their related technologies is needed. Although not required, the ideal candidate will also have experience in the design, development, qualification, and production of Switch Mode Power Supplies such as Flyback, Forward, Push-Pull, Cuk, and SEPIC. Qualification of designs to Space or other High Reliability, Long Life requirements is a plus. Experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials related to coil winding, test methods, and encapsulation techniques is also a plus. Experience with test-to-failure, overstress testing, degradation analysis, and Weibull Analysis to evaluate development designs and production lot quality is also desired.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to team with others and communicate easily and effectively with technical staff, management, and customers. MS/PhD science or engineering degree is required as well as a DOE “Q” level security clearance.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
You will plan, conceive, conduct, or manage research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors
You will build new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods
Initiates, designs, develops, executes, and evaluates new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research
Responsible for the development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology
You will undertake creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise knowledge of reality, and uses this knowledge to devise new applications
Adherence to safety, process controls, and quality principles is essential to the success of our department.
Travel required to US-based suppliers on a periodic regular basis (up to 20% yearly).
The Magnetic & Frequency Devices Department is responsible for the design, development, qualification, delivery, and surveillance of high reliability electronic products for NW and other National Security customers. There are two separate teams: one for custom magnetic devices (transformers or various types, inductors, solenoid coils, etc.) and another for quartz controlled RF clocks & oscillators. These teams model, characterize and optimize designs and hardware. We partner closely with customers, many internal departments with specialized capabilities (materials, environmental testing, mechanical design, quality, etc.), the Production Agency (National Security Complex), and maintain extremely close relationships with external suppliers. Defect-prevention strategies are engrained in our work and design margins are quantified. There are multiple challenging requirements related to meeting high reliability numbers over extremely long life, radiation tolerance, nuclear safety requirements, and size & weight restrictions. Our labs are well equipped and have the capabilities to do specialized testing. The department has dozens of products in all phases including earlier research and development, proto-typing, and steady state production. Both teams are advancing innovative new technologies and designs for next generation product insertion opportunities.
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
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible schedules, 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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
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.
Master's degree in electrical engineering, physics, or other relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of experience with experimental electromagnetic research, or a Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
Experience in the design, development, and qualification of power electronic magnetic components including transformers
Able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
PhD in electrical engineering, physics, or other relevant field with at least 5 years of experience with electromagnetic based experiments
Demonstrated ability to create and develop advanced technologies
Experience in the design, development, qualification, and production of Switch Mode Power Supplies such as Flyback, Forward, Push-Pull, Cuk, and SEPIC, particularly to Space or other High Reliability, long life requirements.
Knowledge of and demonstrated abilities with electrical simulations tools (e.g. Ansoft, SPICE, Matlab, LABVIEW)
Familiarity with MIL-STD testing and laboratory instrumentation, including network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, partial discharge testing, etc.
Strong interpersonal skills, including effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution and mentoring skills
Flexible to take on new challenges in subsystem and system design
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals, and reports
Analytical, research and problem-solving skills
High voltage electrical safety training or willingness to complete training
Experience in design and analysis of Power Electronic and Electronic Systems
Ability to lead complex laboratory experiments
Willingness to be flexible in job assignments
Willingness to manage project schedules, budgets, and deliverables
Ability to work effectively in a team and to lead technologists
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.
Internal Number: 663146
About Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.