Cybersecurity Research Careers

Cybersecurity Research

Addressing sophisticated cyber threats demands a multidisciplinary team with a unique mindset. Sandia provides challenging career opportunities for those with a passion to tackle the complexities of protecting critical systems

Critical infrastructure, military systems, and other strategically important national security systems are becoming increasingly dependent on vulnerable networked computer systems. Protecting these systems against growing cyber threats will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

Our country faces complex security risks and challenges. Relying on traditional firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption alone are not effective against the rapidly evolving threats. The president has pledged that government computer networks will be “secure, trustworthy, and resilient,” and that his administration will do everything possible to “deter, prevent, detect, and defend against attacks.” Achieving these goals requires a dedicated, highly trained, and well managed workforce. Download our Cybersecurity Careers brochure (PDF, 2MB).

Why choose Sandia?

We work across the technology spectrum including embedded, mobile, desktop, and enterprise systems, as well as globally connected networks of networks. Come to Sandia and be part of a special, multidisciplinary team committed to solving the information security challenges facing our nation. Work on complex analysis problems to bring situational awareness to cyberspace. Use our in-house microelectronics foundry to design and prototype trusted hardware. Collaborate with industry to assess cyber risks to critical infrastructure facilities. Explore original ideas necessary to keep pace with the rapid changes in technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Visit the Cybersecurity page for more information.

Still in school?

Sandia provides internship opportunities through the Center for Cyber Defenders program (CCD). In the CCD, high performing college students work on cutting-edge information assurance projects designed to share and expand knowledge in computer security and to develop potential employees. Visit the CCD website for more information.

Sandia also has a variety of paid education programs that can allow you to pursue a graduate degree on a full-time basis while remaining on the payroll. Sandia will pay for tuition and relocation costs. For more information see:

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people who are dedicated to Sandia’s mission to protect our government and our infrastructures. View current openings.


  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system engineering, mathematics, or equivalent
  • Ability to obtain a DOE security clearance

Information security domains

  • Red Teaming and Assessments
  • Threat Analysis
  • Cryptography
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Control System Security
  • Information Assurance
  • Network Simulation and Modeling
  • Decision Sciences
  • Trusted Systems Engineering