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Manager, Diagnostics for Extreme Environments & Hypersonics (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691889

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$138,600 - $235,500

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a manager to lead the Diagnostics for Extreme Environments and Hypersonics Department. This department resides in the Thermal, Fluid, and Aero Sciences Group within the Engineering Sciences Center and supports a diverse breadth of experimental research, development, and applications that directly impacts several mission areas, including but not limited to, Nuclear Deterrence, National Security Programs, and Strategic Partnership Programs. Responsibilities for the department include diagnostic development for challenging thermal, fluid, and aero applications as well as advancement and stewardship of Sandia’s multi-phase and high-temperature shock tubes to perform experimental research in reacting multi-phase flows and characterization of hypersonic flows.

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

  • Working closely with peer managers to enable and progress work across the research, development, and application spectrum and to maintain and advance our experimental facilities.

  • Developing and strengthening internal and external partnerships to diversify our research and testing portfolio in alignment with strategic priorities, while amplifying mission impact.

  • Participating in setting technical direction for the relevant Delivery Environments experimental portfolios in thermal and fluid sciences.

  • Maintaining a strong, diverse funding profile for the department and developing new opportunities for program impact.

  • Fostering a culture of safety, security, and diversity and ensuring safe execution of activity level work.

  • Leading the organization with sustainable impact through a common vision, staff development, and strong teaming with collaborators.

  • Integrating the department's technical capabilities to support Lab missions and goals.

  • Ensuring that mission needs are satisfied by coordinating specific deliverables, overall program and project plans, budgets, schedules, and resources.

  • Encouraging innovation in processes, workflows, and technologies to provide significant benefit to Sandia mission needs and the needs of the nuclear security enterprise.

  • Traveling occasionally to support ongoing and new business efforts.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, material science/engineering, chemical engineering, or relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) discipline

  • Eight years of relevant technical experience

  • Experience performing or managing activity level work

  • Experience with program development including interface with customers and partners (industry, government, university, etc.)

  • Leadership experience as demonstrated by serving as a project manager, principal investigator, or prior management experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, material science/engineering, chemical engineering, or relevant Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) discipline

  • Four years’ leadership experience

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in developing trusting relationships and partnerships among peers, staff, management, and partners

  • Experience developing and implementing organizational strategies

  • Experience identifying roadblocks to work execution and developing efficient solutions

  • Detailed knowledge of Sandia safety and security policies and demonstrated ability to efficiently execute work while following required procedures

  • Demonstrated success in rapidly responding to emerging challenges and evolving technical or programmatic priorities and constraints

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

About Our Team:

The mission of the Diagnostics for Extreme Environments & Hypersonics Department is to develop and apply experimental aerothermodynamic capabilities and a wide range of advanced diagnostics to problems of national security for Sandia’s missions. The department employs our multi-phase and high-temperature shock tubes and hypersonic shock tunnel to study reacting, multiphase flow environments and to characterize the flow characteristics of realistic hypersonic environments. We team closely with the Aerosciences Department to observe and analyze hypersonic flow using the facility’s hypersonic and trisonic wind tunnel. In addition, we develop and apply innovative diagnostics across many engineering sciences disciplines, fostering the expertise needed to develop or adapt measurement techniques to challenging environments and understand uncertainty. Our combined physics experiments and measurements help to unravel unresolved phenomenology and enable computational model validation. As an organization, we steward and grow a broad range of capabilities and partner with many organizations in the areas of high-speed quantitative optical measurements, advanced laser diagnostics, solid mechanics, X-ray, and more.

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 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.

Job ID: 691889

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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