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Sandia National Laboratories Distributed Energy Systems Research Analyst (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking R&D, Systems Research Analyst to work within a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of researchers to develop, prioritize, and exercise capabilities to improve the equity, affordability, sustainability, and resilience of the nation’s electric power infrastructure. The selected candidate will build and develop new relationships with important partners in the energy, resilience, equity, decarbonization, and governance landscape

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

  • Solicit creative ideas from multiple partners on how new analytical capabilities and systems analyses improve decision-making for infrastructure planning and energy policy

  • Perform analysis of the social, economic, and national security impacts of major power outages

  • Disseminate results and lessons learned in public reports, journal articles, or conferences

    This position may be eligible for a remote/telecommuting work situation, depending on business needs. This role may be located in either Albuquerque, NM or elsewhere in the United States, if approved by management. Most job duties, may be performed remotely from a Sandia-approved location. Regular travel back to the primary Sandia worksite may be required.


  • Master’s in one of the following fields or relevant field plus 1 year of related experience; OR equivalent combination of education and experience:

  • Computer Science / Data or Information Science

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Civil engineering

  • Operations Research / Applied Economics

  • Applied Mathematics / Applied Physics

  • Social Sciences, including Geography (concentration must be on modeling and simulation)

  • Geosciences (concentration must be on modeling and simulation)

  • At least 2 years of experience leading teams and/or projects in a R&D environment

  • Experience with modeling and simulation, or optimization

  • General analytical and research capabilities

  • Demonstrated record of working with multiple energy-focused stakeholders, including electric utilities, state public utilities commissions, state energy offices, US DOE, local governments, energy technology vendors, etc.

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


  • Proven record in writing large, multi-performer proposals, especially for federal funding

  • Familiarity with human behavior subject to power outages and other social aspects of energy resilience

  • Ability to develop relationships with the broader network of stakeholders and Subject-matter experts (SME's) and integrate and solicit feedback from multiple partners

  • Problem-solving ability to evaluate and study systems, think through alternatives, estimate parameters, and seek guidance from other SME’s

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by publicly available technical documentation including reports and peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Spatial software development, including proficiency with ArcMAP Python-based API, ESRI Model Builder, or spatial statistical programming using R or Python

  • Background in emergency management or planning, with working knowledge of evacuation protocols and planning, sheltering assistance planning and provision of basic human needs during disaster

  • Understanding of power system modeling and design, including structure and solution of the AC power flow problem and the dynamic power flow problem including dynamic equations of synchronous machines (e.g. swing equation, governor and exciter transfer functions, etc.)

  • Design of distributions systems, especially with high penetration of distributed energy resources

    Department Description:

Sandia's Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) department conducts research, development and demonstrations of new components and systems that will enable rapid transition to a grid based on clean and distributed energy resources. The department partners extensively with the U.S. industry and other research institutions to pursue high-value solutions that enhance performance, safety, reliability and resilience of energy systems. We establish the technical foundation for advanced models, analysis methods, controls, standards, cyber-security solutions and power electronics concepts applicable to microgrids and interconnected systems. Much of this work is conducted at Sandia's Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL), a world-recognized systems integration research facility for over 40 years. This work is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. A growing portion of our customer base includes other Sandia departments, including LDRD; members of the U.S. industry; and other U.S. government agencies.

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.

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 L-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 the 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.