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Electrical Engineer - Nearby Lightning Environment Simulator - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691893

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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:

Electromagnetic (EM) Systems and Qualifications Department is seeking an electrical engineer to lead a technical support team to design and implement qualification and R&D experiments for the 10m/100m Nearby Lightning Environment Simulator (NBL). The Nearby Lightning Environment Simulator (NBL) is a magnetic field loop that provides a magnetic field environment simulating that of a severe lightning strike 10 or 100 m away The NBL facility provides nearby lightning response evidence for high consequence test articles. Responsibilities also include maintenance and repair of the facility and managing daily facility operations and future upgrades. This opportunity also includes future support of the Sandia Lightning Simulator and the Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (EMES) TEM cell for Electromagnetic Pulse qualification testing.This position requires a utilization and knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures for high voltage (HV) and EM systems. In addition, this job involves responsibility for elements of technical projects or scientific research and includes assisting in resolution of problems, presentation of results, and reports preparation.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the design, execution, and analysis of high voltage and electromagnetic experiments.

  • Maintaining and operating the 10m/100m NBL testbed, and interfacing with customers.

  • Troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing high-voltage, high-energy pulsed systems, a gas, oil transfer and pneumatic control systems, diagnostics and instrumentation.

  • Developing and implementing Engineered Safety, Work Planning and Controls, and complying with ES&H requirements.

  • Collaborating with customers to include aiding in the design and fabrication of simulator hardware, acquiring custom test and measurement setups, and arranging for external services such as Industrial Hygiene, Facilities, or Photometric support.

  • Planning and coordinating daily pre-and post-shot activities such as setting up, monitoring, and adjusting the screen room equipment and diagnostics, gas, oil transfer and pneumatic control systems, and high voltage power supplies and trigger generators.

  • Performing critical lifts with bridge cranes and forklifts, confined space entries, and general laboratory and machine shop activities.

  • Interfacing with customers includes aiding in the design, fabrication of simulator hardware, acquiring custom test and measurement setups, and arranging for external services such as Industrial Hygiene, Facilities support.

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

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, or other appropriate STEM field with a focus on high voltage, electromagnetic systems, or pulsed power

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in electrical engineering, physics or a STEM field with a focus on high voltage, electromagnetic systems, or pulsed power

  • Experience with small scale capacitive discharge systems

  • Experience with screen room diagnostics (oscilloscopes, pulse generators, network analyzers, etc.)

  • Experience in maintaining and operating Marx generators

  • Experience in operating TEM cells

  • Experience with laser systems operations and maintenance (gas switch triggering)

  • Pulsed Power diagnostics and instrumentation experience (Edots, Bdots, oscilloscopes, network analyzers)

  • Experience in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing high-voltage, high-energy pulsed systems, gas, oil transfer, pneumatic systems, diagnostics and instrumentation.

  • Experience in developing and implementing Engineered Safety, Work Planning and Controls, and complying with ES&H requirements.

  • Experience running LabVIEW programs.

  • Experience with Matlab programming

  • Experience with Labview programming and execution

  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic, diverse team with agile responsiveness to changing priorities.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

About Our Team:

The EM Systems Engineering and Qualification department is responsible for defining and managing work for electromagnetic qualification programs as well as development of new customers and programs. Department 01354/013541 works closely with 1352 (EM Theory), 1353 (Electrical Sciences and Experiments), 1340 (Radiation Effects Sciences & Applications) and customers in 2000, 5000 and 8200. This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density (REHEDS) Research Foundation.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 691893

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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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