A big bulk of the stimulus money is going into scientific research, both medical and renewable energy. The national laboratories are independent companies doing contract work for the federal government and private institutions as well. Sandia National Laboratories is one that is hiring now and one to keep an eye on as the stimulus money starts to go out. You can apply for a job right from their web site. The jobs are not all for scientists either. They need office support and maintenance workers as well. In most cases, you will need to pass a security investigation due to the fact that they work on government projects.
At Sandia National Laboratories they work on projects in several fields : making sure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe, secure, reliable, and can fully support our Nation’s deterrence policy, nonproliferation homeland security and defense, defense systems and assessments and several programs focused on a specific field, namely . Bioscience, Computers and Information Science, Engineering Sciences, Materials Science and Technology, Microelectronics & Microsystems and Pulsed Power.
To apply for a job at Sandia National Laboratories, go to the career opportunities page and click on search jobs. Make sure to read the whole page first. You cannot just send in a resume, you need to apply for a specific job. Right now, they have more than 120 jobs available. Some of the jobs are temporary, for college students and are a great way to get a foot in the door so to speak. Click on the job title and you get all the information.
One of the jobs that is available right now is for a Computer Security Hardware and Software Support. For this job, you will need security clearance. The job is in the Information Systems Analysis Center and involves developing new information technology in the field of national security. There is no education requirement listed, but there is regarding experience. They want a minimum of 3 years hands on experience with security configuration, analysis of computer networks and security configuration and analysis of Windows hosts and servers plus a minimum of 1 year of experience in one or more of the following topics: security log analysis, digital forensics, security policy, implementation, or secure system implementation, experience with software development using C, C++, Java, and Python and strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment
That is just a short synopsis, the actual page will go into much more detail. If you do not get a e mail from them within two hours of applying, go in and check that you completed the submission process. You will be contacted if they want you to come in for an interview.