Data Engineer – Data Curator – Data Manager

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation’s security?

We are seeking a data engineer to join our team! You will initially support existing efforts to create/develop uniform meta-data standards through engagement with staff on multiple, cross-disciplinary projects that are executed both within and outside the department. You will have responsibility for the development and administration of user/technical-focused documentation in data management.

Additionally, you will provide consultation to researchers within different data domains—including seismic, infrasound, electromagnetic, radionuclide, optical, imagery—on these metadata standards and standard methodologies, and will act as liaison among multiple projects facilitating data collection/data usage/data exploitation by researchers. Over time, there will be opportunities to work with many complex data sets which span various phenomenologies and provide guidance/leadership for identifying & exploiting data across varying scientific domains.

This work may include work with domain authorities to identify data sources of interest, structure data, and develop data algorithms and models for data exploitation. This will be accomplished by coordinating with project teams to pursue both internal and external competitive funding opportunities. You will be expected to perform their work according to Sandia values, which include serving national needs, delivering with excellence, respect for others, teaming, and scientific integrity.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

Developing and maintaining data and metadata management processes/standard methodologies facilitating data curation
Curating datasets for different analytical tasks
Structuring complex data to facilitate ease of understanding, use, and exploitation
Providing consultation regarding data standards/standard methodologies to researchers in a variety of data domains
Working with domain experts—not necessarily data experts—to assimilate and document data and metadata requirements
Acting as a liaison between multiple projects facilitate in the data collection, data transfer, data usage, and data exploitation
Implementing developed data governance policies and standards to ensure quality, accuracy, longevity, access, and security of data
Creating and reviewing technical and user-focused documentation for data management
Working with multiple complex data sets spanning multiple phenomenologies
Becoming knowledgeable about different categories of unclassified controlled information (UCI) and classified information
Recommending and/or implementing appropriate mechanisms for sharing different categories of UCI and classified data
Provide guidance/leadership in identifying/exploiting data across multiple scientific domains
Create, develop, and implement solutions for metadata management processes/practices to facilitate data curation
Propose and develop automated metadata capture
Department Description:

We perform geophysical monitoring research and development in support of Sandia’s mission as a national security laboratory. We apply our geophysics expertise to address challenges surrounding ground-based nuclear detonation detection. This is accomplished through the research and development of 1) next generation algorithms exploiting multi-phenomenological data, 2) advanced sensor technologies, and 3) demonstration experiments.

The department has a broad range of expertise in field seismology and modeling, subsurface characterization, seismic, atmospheric acoustic and infrasound modeling, evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems, and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. The department’s technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab and field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia’s resource for ground-based monitoring expertise, and we partner with departments across Sandia to integrate multiple types of data – including optical, seismic, electromagnetic, infrasound, atmospheric, radionuclide – to address broad national security needs.

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 schedules, 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


You hold a Master’s degree in a STEM field with demonstrated experience in data processing, data engineering, data management, computer science or equivalent discipline

Demonstrated experience with data governance and metadata management
Strong organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively communicate scientific/engineering concepts and results with both technical and non-technical teams
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both individually and on teams
Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, both intra-organization and inter-organization
Demonstrated ability deliver high-quality results on-time and on-schedule under challenging circumstances
Demonstrated ability helping team members define requirements and technical path forward
Showed talent in a Unix environment and with Unix shell scripting
Demonstrated proficiency with SQL, MySQL, ORACLE, MongoDB, Hadoop, and other data manipulation scripting
Confirmed proficiency with programming languages, such as: C, C++, Python, MATLAB, Java, Perl
Demonstrated experience working with time-series data formats, with a strong preference for experience working with geophysical, radionuclide, optical, and imagery data formats
Quantitative and qualitative experience working with large diverse datasets, with a strong preference for broad experience collecting, processing, organizing, and analyzing datasets
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems
Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

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