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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

Christina Beppler, Anne Grillet and Ireena Erteza

Sandia researchers Christina Beppler, Anne Grillet and Ireena Erteza have earned 2020 Society of Women Engineers awards honoring “the successes of individuals who enhance the engineering profession and advocate for women in engineering through contributions to industry, education and the community.”

Read more about Christina Beppler, Anne Grillet, and Ireena Erteza

Angela Rivas

Angela Rivas received the Luminary Award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. Rivas, a cyber assurance architect leads software security awareness and training. She developed a training course for members of software development teams, nuclear weapons engineers, and cybersecurity professionals on software security awareness, best practices and supply chain risk. She has led and contributed to threat modeling engagements and found ways to incorporate her team’s software security expertise into internal review boards for software design and architecture.

2021 Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Ten Sandia engineers received Black Engineer of the Year Awards for 2021, including Most Promising Scientist, Modern Technology Leaders and Science Spectrum Trailblazers. Honorees include Sandia systems, chemical, computer, electrical, petroleum, manufacturing and mechanical engineers. All excel in their respective fields, and lead innovation that benefits U.S. national security.

View all recipients and full article

Sandra Begay

Engineer Sandra Begay has received the 2020 Indigenous Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for her substantial work to advance opportunities for Indigenous students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math education and careers.

Read more about Sandra Begay

Bo Song

Mechanical engineer, Bo Song, has been recognized Asian American Engineer of the Year by the national DiscoverE Program, which honors outstanding Asian American professionals in science and engineering for their technical achievements, leadership and public service. Song’s groundbreaking work in experimental impact mechanics and the dynamic response of materials and structures recently led to the development of Sandia’s Experimental Impact Mechanics Lab, which Song manages.

Read more about Bo Song


Tian Ma received the Professional Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineer. Ma’s contributions in remote sensing play an important role in national security missions of the Department of Energy and other federal agencies. His work has resulted in numerous advancements in mission critical capabilities and is being used within challenging, vital, and lifesaving national security programs.

Evaristo Bonano

Evaristo Bonano received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. Throughout his 37-year career, Evaristo “Tito” Bonano has focused on the safety-related issues of nuclear technology, nuclear waste management, and nuclear waste disposal, working to provide solutions for the safe disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. Tito directed the efforts of 50 engineers and scientists from numerous organizations, including several national laboratories, universities, and private companies, to prepare the post-closure sections of the license application for the proposed Yucca Mountain repository.

Gilbert Herrera

Gilbert V. (Gil) Herrera is a Laboratory Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. He is a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Engineering.

Gil is a graduate of UNM (BS EECE) and the University of California, Berkeley (MSEE) and serves on advisory boards for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard University, UNM, and the University of Maryland. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Carrie O’Hara

Sandia systems engineer Carrie O’Hara has been selected as a 2020 Women Worth Watching award winner by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The awards, in their 19th year, recognize a dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our world.

Read more about Carrie O’hara


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 demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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.
For more information, please review the New Hire Vaccination Requirements.

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 in (NM) or (CA) Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.