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Cleared Space Systems Engineer, Global Security - Albuquerque (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693058

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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 an experienced, SCI-cleared, Space Systems Engineer to lead a diverse study portfolio for a critical high security Department of Defense (DoD) National Security Space customer. The program portfolio consists of a mix of analysis, modeling, and hardware demonstration efforts that are dynamically tasked by the sponsor. Individual sub-study efforts usually last 1-2 years to help inform U.S. Space Force and Intelligence Community acquisition planning and future technical risk reduction efforts. Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to be a technical contributor as well to one or more of the sub-study efforts. The work is conducted at TS/SCI levels with occasional higher classification compartmented efforts.

Onsite work in Albuquerque, NM is required. Candidates must have at least an SCI in hand for consideration.

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

  • Work in a dynamic, high security environment delivering critical analysis, modeling, and technical risk reduction capabilities for National Security Space.

  • Take responsibility for ensuring customer directed and funded efforts in the program are executed and delivered as agreed.

  • Team with the Sandia Chief Engineer and Business Lead to monitor, guide, and track efforts, technically and financially.

  • Team with the sponsor and Chief Engineer to define new study directions and opportunities.

  • Working with the Business Lead report program status, issues, risks, and successes to customer and upper Sandia management thru weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting mechanisms.

  • Team with the Business Lead to turn customer direction and guidance into proposals, contract actions and funding.

  • Work with Program and Information Security staff to obtain the necessary facilities and capabilities to execute the program.

  • Help identify Sandia staffing and capability needs to meet customer deliverables and team with Management and program staff to find solutions for these needs.

  • Provide technical contributions (modeling, testing, analysis, design of experiments, etc.) to one or more of the sub-study efforts.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a relevant STEM field (e.g., Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science).

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in conducting or leading modeling, analysis or systems engineering/architecture studies where at least two (2) were performed in a classified environment.

  • Active DOE Q and SCI clearance or equivalent clearances from other federal agenices (e.g., DOD TS/SCI).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience managing DOD or IC space programs, preferably in the analysis and modeling of force structure and space sensor studies.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating with diverse technical and non-technical staff and leaders on diverse technical topics, on financial matters and on the strategic and tactical direction of a program.

  • Experience managing several projects/study efforts simultaneously.

  • Ability to travel up to two times per month for meetings with sponsors and key partners.

  • A 3.5 grade point average for advanced technical degree

About Our Team:

We provide architectures and enabling technologies for pathfinding space-based solutions to national security problems. 6353's focus is on expansion and evolution of mission capabilities for the Space Mission Engineering Program and the Science and Technology Advancing Resilience for Contested Space (STARCS) internal research and development campaign. Responsibilities of 6353 are to foster research and develop solutions in the areas of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Control (SC) and nurture strategic partnerships with various government agencies, universities, and industry partners operating and supporting space missions.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) SCI security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 693058

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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

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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