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R&D, Electrical Engineer in Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems (Experienced)

Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
11 days ago


Posting Duration:

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you want to work for a dynamic team that solves the most critical challenges for our nation? Join our Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems Department as an Electrical Engineer!

We are seeking a creative, hardworking and upbeat Electrical Engineering candidate to work with a dedicated team to support energy storage power electronics research.

On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Design new inverter topologies to interface to the unique characteristics of different energy storage technologies
  • Design new inverter topologies that improve the performance, cost, and reliability of solid state transformers
  • Prototype and characterize the performance of new energy conversion systems
  • Design control systems for energy storage power electronics
  • Communicate results through conference papers, journal papers and technical reports
  • Develop opportunities for professional growth and training

Qualifications We Require:
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant STEM field plus a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on power electronics
  • Experience designing new inverter topologies
  • Experience simulating energy conversion systems both at the gate level and system level (e.g., PLECS, Simulink, MATLAB, LTspice, etc.)
  • Experience performing high quality research detailed by a strong publication record

Qualifications We Desire:
  • Experience designing, prototyping and debugging custom energy conversion systems
  • Experience designing DC circuit breakers
  • Experience or coursework modeling solid state transformers
  • Experience with semiconductors for power electronics (e.g., silicon carbide, gallium nitride)

About Our Team:

The Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems Department has a basic focus on the development and integration of power conversion devices and systems into our future electric grid, ranging from distribution through medium voltage to the bulk system. Additional areas of technology development include data acquisition systems, advanced grid sensors, and power hardware-in-the-loop simulations. The department maintains the APEX laboratory for designing, fabricating, and testing of prototype power electronic devices and systems. Department members coordinate closely with staff in other 8810 departments, as well as related programs/projects managed in 8920 (renewable energy technologies), 8300 (vehicle technologies), and draw upon proficiencies in 1300 (electrical sciences) and 1800 (advanced materials and devices).

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: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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.

Job ID: 684767

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64921712
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Position Title: R&D, Electrical Engineer in Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems (Experienced)
  • Company Name For Job: Sandia National Laboratories
  • Area(s) of Interest: Aerospace

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