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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

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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2022 Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Ten Sandia National Laboratories engineers received Black Engineer of the Year Awards this year, including Most Promising Scientist in Government, Research Leadership, Science Spectrum Trailblazers and Modern-Day Technology Leaders.

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Frank DelRio

Frank DelRio

2022 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference – Great Minds in STEM Award

Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Frank DelRio was honored for his technical achievements and groundbreaking work in nanomechanics at the 2022 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference.

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Christian (Chris) O’Gorman

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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2021 HENAAC Award Recipients

Greate Minds in STEM (GMiS) recognizes the achievements of America’s top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community.

Michael A. Omana received the 2021 HENAAC Award for Most Promising Scientist with a master’s degree.  Read more

Kenneth Armijo, Ph.D. received the 2021 HENAAC Award for Most Promising Engineer with a Ph.D.  Read more

Armijo also receive the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Innovative Star Award.

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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Hongyou Fan

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) – 2022 Career Achievement Award

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers has awarded materials scientist and manager Hongyou Fan with the SASE 2022 Career Achievement Award. The strong endorsement is confirmed by Fan’s many technical papers, awards and patents, appointment to scientific societies and outreach to students.

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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.