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Sandia National Laboratories Electrical Engineer for Abnormal Environment Safety (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for the nation's security? If so, you could be the highly motivated individual we are seeking to join our team.

An Electrical Engineer is needed to drive system development and qualification in support of overall system assured nuclear safety. You will work regularly with the nuclear safety system lead, the systems team and partner across multiple SNL organizations to evaluate and influence weapon design. As the assurance engineer for electrical environments, you will develop the system requirements, influence the experimental design and guide modeling and analysis to ensure the system responds safely to high power, unintended electrical energy. You will develop expertise in the design and function of safety critical components and the system to fully evaluate the electrical threat space, such as lightning and other unintended electrical energy. You will apply your expertise to identify safety critical features and work with subject matter experts to apply detailed analysis and test information to develop the technical basis to assure systems are safe to unintended electrical threats.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent plus two years of experience; or advanced degree (Master's or Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering or equivalent; or 10 years of relevant experience in lieu of degrees
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance with Sigma 15


  • Experience with power systems or other high voltage/high current design, modeling and testing
  • Experience with pulsed power systems, design, modeling, and testing.
  • Experience with electrical grounding and bonding design requirements and validation.
  • Experience with shielding and protection of critical components from electromagnetic effects
  • Experience with technical analysis and presentations
  • Desire to develop a deep technical expertise in both components and overall system design
  • Experience working in teams and collaborating with key partners
  • Inventive when solving complex technical problems
  • Excellent planning, prioritization and communications skills

Department Description:

The Weapon Surety Engineering II Department is a customer-focused organization that provides engineering and system analysis expertise to ensure a safe deterrent throughout the entire weapon lifecycle. Engineers develop a deep knowledge in both component and system function to support rigorous evaluation and mitigation of potential failure modes. We operate across multiple engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, computer, materials and systems engineering) with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary capability. The team supports a variety of stockpile systems and is part of the product teams during development, design and production, as well as advanced concept and exploratory efforts. Our engineers use their extensive component and system knowledge, as well as experimental data and modeling, to ensure products function as intended with assured safety. Members of our department learn the function of multiple components, how those components integrate within the system and apply surety principles and processes to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and effective U.S. nuclear deterrent.

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*

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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.

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.