Sandia National Laboratories Computational Thermal Analyst (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Do you dream of working as part of a diverse and dynamic team of professionals using state of the art computational and physical simulation techniques to analyze one of a kind engineering systems that have a direct impact on national security? Do you have a deep professional and educational background in thermal fluid systems analysis and high performance computational mechanics? You could be the Mechanical Engineer we are seeking to join the Thermal Science and Engineering team supporting defense, space, and energy systems development at Sandia National Laboratories.

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

  • Use engineering analysis principles and computational methods to support the design, qualification, and fielding of high consequence engineered systems for national security and infrastructure missions.
  • Engage with design engineering teams to understand and resolve complex hardware realization issues or problems with existing hardware.
  • Engage with computational mechanics development teams to derive and implement first of a kind models and capabilities in high performance computational algorithms.
  • Engage with test engineers and technicians to design and execute physical simulations needed to validate or supplement computational predictions.
  • Develop research proposals and participate on research teams advancing the state-of-the-art in thermal science and engineering.
  • Work to meet critical schedules in an extremely exciting environment.
  • Travel domestically and, less frequently, internationally as required, to support project efforts.


  • You will have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, plus 5 years’ experience
  • Your Formal training will be in thermal and fluid systems including conduction, convection, and radiation transport
  • Your formal training will include finite element analysis techniques and methodology
  • You will have the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline with a thermal and fluid systems emphasis
  • Experience in high-performance computing environments
  • Experience applying finite element analysis techniques to thermal/fluid systems
  • Ability to work to results oriented schedules in a high-performance teaming environment

Department Description:

The Thermal Sciences and Engineering Department conducts a broad range of technical activities focused on heat transfer, numerical analyses, and related thermal capabilities. Our work spans fundamental research and development to engineering analysis of system performance, safety, and control of thermal environments.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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.

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.

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.