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Manager, Electric Grid Security and Communications

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688394

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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 dedicated R&D Manager to lead Sandia’s new Electric Grid Security and Communications Department (Organization 8815). This position is part of Sandia’s Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Group, which focuses on solutions that improve our national security, including the advancement of new optimization and aggregation schemes, innovative microgrid solutions, energy storage technologies, transmission and distribution level integration of renewables, and cybersecurity. The selected candidate will lead a team to develop and apply technologies to ensure that our evolving electric infrastructure is resilient to cyber, physical, natural, and related threats to secure operations. This will include growing capabilities related to cybersecurity and secure communications of an evolving energy system, including distributed energy resources, increasing renewable energy systems, integration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and the introduction of new devices and grid topologies. The department team will serve several DOE offices and customers in other agencies as well.

While the department focuses on directly addressing needs of the grid and energy storage systems, team members work closely with colleagues across our energy programs, providing subject matter expertise in security and communications technologies. Efforts span a range of research, including exploration of fundamental concepts, applied analytical tools, field-based systems integrations, and codifying best practices as precursors to new codes and standards. Staff partner with diverse, multidisciplinary researchers to bring to bear Sandia’s considerable capabilities in addressing national grid security. To best enable the collaboration and partnership that are central to the success of this position, we prefer for the selected hire to work onsite at the Sandia Albuquerque location. The selected applicant can be a virtual worker located in any U.S. State or District of Columbia. Regular or periodic travel to your assigned work location may be required. In addition, this position requires significant travel to other locations one-to-two times per month.

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

  • Create and implement a vision for the department in collaboration with colleagues and managers across Sandia’s energy, climate, and national security missions.

  • Apply broad spectrum of core S&T strengths to address pressing national needs related to a secure and resilient electric infrastructure

  • Contribute to the evolving national security strategies in Sandia's broad energy and infrastructure program areas

  • Participate in the national dialogue on grid modernization, as you develop partnerships and work with external colleagues in professional societies, the Grid Modernization Lab Consortium, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, and various industry, academic, and government research organizations

  • Build world-class teams to address the nation’s toughest grid challenges

  • Develop new partnerships across Sandia and with external organizations that complement our capabilities. This will include work with customers in the U.S. Department of Energy and other US Government Agencies, such as the DoD, DHS, and the Department of State.

  • Create new programs through white papers and proposals to improve on our core competencies and diversify the department’s customer base, including Lab-Directed Research and Development projects

  • Provide technical leadership and create a learning environment for a strong, diverse, and growing department staff by allocating and prioritizing work while managing staff and financial resources

  • Guide your team to develop new experiments in one of Sandia’s set of distributed labs through which we can conduct a variety of advanced grid experiments

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s and advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a relevant STEM field; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Eight or more years of relevant technical experience in grid security, cyber security, and/or secure communications

  • Experience establishing and implementing program and organizational strategy

  • Successful track record in leading and conducting team-based R&D – analytically and/or laboratory-based – in one or more of the following: power systems, cybersecurity, advanced communications networks, or an equivalent field

  • Experience in technical business development

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • PhD in Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field

  • Two plus years of demonstrated leadership experience in a secure energy-related field

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, effectively manage and mentor staff, and guide multidisciplinary teams

  • Recognized expertise in secure applications of power systems engineering and the U.S. Electric Grid structure and regulation; for example, via publication history, participation on international panels, etc.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications and customer service skills

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including the ability to build, manage, and strengthen effective working relationships

  • Ability to mentor and lead the organization on department tasks and organizational goals and objects

  • Record of consistently adhering to safe engineering principles

About Our Team:

The Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Group (8810) focuses on creating the electric infrastructure of the future for the civilian and military sectors. Group 8810 consists of five departments, Energy Storage Technology and Systems, Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration, Electric Power Systems Research, and Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems, and the recently-created Electric Grid Security and Communications Department. Modernizing our electrical grid is a tremendous undertaking, requiring the coordination and collaboration of a wide range of partners spanning federal and local governments, the energy industry, electric utilities and—perhaps most importantly—all types of energy users.

Our capabilities encompass the development and application of advanced algorithmic and computational methods, grid operations, economics, and policy. Examples of specific core areas include power system dynamics and resilience, control systems design, new grid architectures, communications and cyber security, electricity market development, information and decision analytics, and optimal resource expansion. The department is highly inter-disciplinary, working collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies, and both national and international research organizations.

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: 688394

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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