Sandia National Laboratories Laboratory Support Technologist - Materials Mechanics and Tribology (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D Laboratory Support Technologist to support experimental work in the Materials Mechanics and Tribology department, primarily in the field of mechanical behavior of materials.

Your Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • You will develop unique experiments, test plans, and equipment setups to characterize mechanical behavior of materials and components
  • You will perform experiments and collect and analyze data to investigate the behavior of materials
  • You'll provide engineering support related to the structural properties of materials
  • You'll develop documentation including experiment and measurement data capture, manipulation, and summaries.
  • Support safety processes and paperwork for the laboratories


  • Associate’s or higher degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, or closely related engineering field; plus, four years of relevant experience in these fields
  • Experience in mechanical design, mechanical and electrical assembly, and light machining capabilities
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-Level security clearance


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related field
  • Experience with analyzing data on mechanical behavior of materials to draw conclusions from experiments
  • Knowledge of structural behavior of materials and stress-strain curves through coursework and/or experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team of multiple researchers and manage priorities
  • Experience with materials testing on servo-hydraulic or electromechanical load frames
  • Experience with tools for materials characterization such as hardness indenters, strain gauges, extensometers, fracture toughness testing, digital image correlation, etc.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and computer skills such as welding, soldering, design, data acquisition systems, digital signal processing, electromechanical actuation, feedback control systems, and electrical circuits
  • Computer programming for data acquisition, data reduction and/or instrumentation control (e.g. Matlab, Labview, Ardunio, etc.)
  • Experience with CAD modeling using Solidworks or other commercial software
  • Experience with digital control, oscilloscopes, and other electronic instrumentation
  • Experience documenting and presenting work in reports, memos, and presentations
  • Active DOE Q-Level security clearance

Department Description:

The Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department provides solutions to problems involving mechanical properties of materials. The Department’s work ranges from ground breaking science to quick diagnostics and design for high-consequence hardware.

The department has world-class expertise in characterizing mechanical properties such as elasticity, plasticity, fracture, friction, wear, lubrication and electrical contacts. The department supports mainly Nuclear Weapons program customers, but also customers in other areas including satellites, defense systems, energy, and other programs.

Currently the Ductile Mechanics Laboratory has high work load in materials structures, properties, variability, performance and reliability. Staff and technologists are highly engaged in providing collaborative, creative materials science and systems-based engineering solutions. The technologist’s work involves state-of-the-art equipment and requires creativity, focused thinking, and good teamwork.

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) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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.