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Why Sandia?

Your work can contribute to the security, peace and freedom of our nation and the world!

Sandia provides systems, science, and technology to meet national security objectives in such areas as cybersecurity, science and technology products, and integrated military systems. In keeping with our vision to be the nation’s premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation, we recruit the best and the brightest, equip them with world-class research tools and facilities, and provide opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines.

The work you do will be challenging, and amazing with real-world impact

Currently Sandians are working to help defeat COVID-19, as well as help develop medical equipment, and provide aid relief to local communities. It’s work that requires a passion to work together and find solutions. When our nation faces a crisis, Sandia is called upon for solutions.

Work with extraordinary people – the top minds in their field!

Sandians come from many diverse backgrounds, and diverse perspectives allow for innovative thought. Learn from top scientists, engineers and business professionals here at Sandia. In fact, did you know cleanroom inventor, Willis Whitfield, worked at Sandia? Many of the innovations that are used globally derived from stellar Sandians. Perhaps you could be next.

A playground of state-of-the-art tools & facilities

You will have access to some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world. Many of Sandia’s unique research centers attract experts from industry and academia, who apply Sandia’s resources to further their investigations

Work-life balance does exist

You will experience a balance between your work life and personal life through flexible work arrangements, convenient on-site amenities, family services and activities, and array of health and wellness programs. Want to do a group exercise for lunch? Want to have every other Friday off?

Pursue something new with career mobility

You can have a full-life career at Sandia by working across multiple projects and areas of your interest. Because Sandia is a multi-faceted laboratory, many employees create rich career paths that span multiple areas. Put simply, employees enjoy career mobility without leaving the company.

We succeed when you succeed

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Dr. Sal Rodriguez

Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference – 2023 Scientist of the Year

Great Minds in STEM, which recognizes America’s top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community, honored Dr. Sal Rodriguez as Scientist of the Year at its annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference. It’s a first for a Sandia employee. Scientist of the Year and Engineer of the Year are the highest of the conference’s honors, reserved for individuals who model excellence and leadership, making profound contributions to industries, STEM fields, communities and the nation.

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2023 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA)

Three Sandians received 2023 Black Engineer of the Year Awards. Danielle Stephenson was lauded as a Senior Technology Fellow, Coby Davis as a Science Spectrum Trailblazer and Ned Adams as a Modern-Day Technology Leader.

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Ali Pinar

2023 Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Ali Pinar was selected by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics as a 2023 Fellow in recognition of his passion for and leadership in the area of computing network research. The organization named him a Fellow “for theoretical, algorithmic, and application impacts, and community leadership in combinatorial scientific computing and network science.”

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Stan Atcitty

2023 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer

Sandia Senior Scientist Stan Atcitty has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the world’s largest technical professional organizations. Atcitty’s research focuses on power electronics needed to integrate energy storage and distributed generation with the electric utility grid. Six of his projects have won R&D 100 awards and one Gold Green Energy award from Research & Development magazine.

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Hongyou Fan

2023 Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Researcher and manager Hongyou Fan has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society. The society recognized Fan “for outstanding contributions to the novel design, synthesis, functionalization and integration of nanomaterials leading to innovative applications in nanoelectronics, clean energy, sensor development and photocatalysis.” It also recognized him “for impactful service in organizing ACS symposia, promoting the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, STEM outreach events, ACS journal publications and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund program.”

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Awards three Sandians

The Society of Women Engineers has bestowed awards on three Sandia employees. Senior scientist Tina Nenoff received the society’s highest honor, the Achievement Award, chemical engineer Yuliya Preger received a Rising Technical Contributor Award and Nedra Bonal received a Patent Recognition Award.

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Rudy Garcia

Rudy Garcia

2022 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Technical Achievement and Recognition Award

Sandia National Laboratories data engineer Rudy Garcia received the 2022 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Technical Achievement and Recognition, or STAR, Award for his work in research and engineering of large software systems and remote-sensing applications, along with his expertise in cloud computing and big geospatial-data architectures.

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Women Worth Watching Awardees

National Women Worth Watching Awards three Sandians

Sandia National Laboratories’ Robin Jones and Kimberly Pino recently were recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as Women Worth Watching in Leadership award winners for 2022, while Sondra Spence received a Women Worth Watching in STEM award.

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) – 2022 Executive Excellence Award

Division 7200 Director Chris O’Gorman received the 2022 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Executive Excellence Award. AISES recognizes significant contributions by American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and other North American indigenous peoples to the STEM disciplines. O’Gorman, who began his Sandia career in 1994, leads programs that ensure the reliability and safety of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. He is also chair of the Stockpile Governance Board and the Nuclear Deterrence chief data officer.

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Bishu Khanal

Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) – 2022 Most Promising Engineer of the Year

Sandia National Laboratories research and development manager Bishnu Khanal was recently honored with the Most Promising Asian American Engineer of the Year award for his work in next-generation optical lithography process development for numerous technologies, along with his deep-reaching community service. Khanal was selected for his technical leadership and contributions in nanotechnology, semiconductor device fabrication and materials science.

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Heather Spalding

Careers and the disABLED – 2022 Employee of the Year

Heather Spalding, a Labs business lead, was named Employee of the Year by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, recognized for her advocacy efforts, professional accomplishments and community outreach. Heather advocates for diversity in Sandia’s workforce, is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico and works with Albuquerque’s homeless population.

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New Mexico & California

Sandia’s primary sites are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. The majority of our employees work at these two sites, but Sandia has various other sites in the United States. Our two primary facilities offer exceptional places to live and work. In Albuquerque you can enjoy low cost of living, stunning landscapes, outdoor activities, and excellent weather. Livermore Valley is nestled in a rich wine-growing region with proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a relaxed lifestyle where sports fans, wine connoisseurs, outdoor enthusiasts, and art lovers will all find more than enough to see and do.

Check out where we’ll be next!


We recruit at some of the best colleges, universities, and conferences, looking for talented individuals to join our diverse workforce. See where we’ll be next!

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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.

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Sandia is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need special assistance or accommodation, please send an email with your request to the Job Accommodation Specialist: Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.