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Advanced Materials Laboratory Test Operations Engineer (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691828

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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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • 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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a E&O Test Engineer to operate as part of our dynamic team at the Advanced Materials Laboratory (AML), Department 1815, within the Materials, Physics, and Chemical Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories, (SNL). This position requires working with multiple organizations (SNL, University of New Mexico (UNM), and state and local government organizations), independent problem solving, as well as cooperative teamwork and communication with technical staff, technologists, post-docs, and students. The position is to manage operational activities of the AML R&D facility located at the UNM technical park located in Albuquerque, NM.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Act as work planner, waste manager, and technical work document owner for a large team owning numerous R&D and prototyping capabilities and labs.

  • Work with multiple hazard classes (e.g., chemical, electrical, mechanical) in the facility driving training requirements or particularly hazardous operations.

  • Perform testing used for qualification of facility processes or systems.

  • Perform database development, management with associated tracking software and tools.

  • Operate Forklifts and perform heavy move operations.

  • Work with cradle to grave hazardous waste management.

  • Prepare for major facility movement of equipment, materials, and activities to a new facility (CAMINO).

  • Perform basic lab and equipment maintenance.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and Masters degree in a stem field or in lieu of the Masters degree 4 years of experience in a relevant field

  • Experience working with large and complex organizations or agencies (e.g. DOE, NNSA, local government) and associated regulatory standards

  • Experience with hazardous materials, including waste management from cradle to grave

  • Experience with common office software, such as the Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Commitment to laboratory and facility safety

  • Experience in performance testing used for qualification of facility processes or systems

  • Experience with document control and records management

  • Familiarity with New Mexico Environment Department, Department of Energy, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations associated with hazardous materials and waste

  • Experience with basic lab equipment, maintenance and pressure systems

  • Experience with multiple hazard classes (e.g., chemical, electrical, mechanical) and driving training requirements or particularly hazardous operations

  • Experience with Forklift operations and heavy equipment move operations

  • Experience with a broad range of materials characterization and mechanical testing techniques

  • A dedication to producing high-quality results using good laboratory techniques and focused attention to detail

  • Ability to rapidly learn new skills and work in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent communication skills

About Our Team:

The Advanced Materials Laboratory Department, 1815, conducts research and development in a wide range of novel materials synthesis strategies and unique processing techniques to advance scientific understanding and provide practical solutions to the needs of a wide variety of Sandia customers and external entities. Specifically, activities in our research groups include; synthesizing new precursor chemistries and surface functional groups, understanding different routes to nano-scale particles and thin films, understanding the rheology of metal-particle inks and ceramic slurries, investigating new catalyst materials and conducting mechanistic studies of catalysis, and investigating the self-assembly of nanoparticles in 2- and 3-dimensions. Processing research and development includes providing a Direct Write capability that can deliver metal nanoparticle inks to topographically challenging substrates, electrospinning of fibers of vastly different compositions, and combining different materials and processing strategies to realize solar energy conversion, CO2 sequestration, and advanced medical treatments. Our customers include all of Sandia’s mission areas and numerous external collaborators. Our laboratory facilities are located at the Advanced Materials Laboratory, a leased facility on the campus of the University of New Mexico. This geographical advantage allows us to work closely with students and faculty at local high schools, community colleges and UNM, as well as universities throughout the United States. Additionally, we are able to collaborate with a variety of world-class scientists that may not be U.S. citizens.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

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 need to 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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691828

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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