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Sandia National Laboratories Materials Scientist - Energetic Materials (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Materials Scientist to join our dynamic team. An enabling capability within the Explosives Technologies Group (ETG) is the Rapid Prototype Facility (RPF). The RPF enables a large design envelope for energetic components to be quickly explored, anomalies probed, new designs assessed, develop the technical basis and process for glassing specific to our components and pass that information onto external vendors, and address other science-based efforts that build the relationship between design and performance.

In addition and separate from the prototyping is the need to help usher and manage close-gap activities requiring small-lot production using RPF facilities. A great opportunity exists for a technical staff to lead the effort to build the existing capability to meet the multiple ND and SPP component design needs and support some production in this growing area at Sandia. The lab currently is established and consists of modern glassing equipment and technical support currently in use.

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

  • Support the upcoming large demand in component needs and better understanding the manufacturing science of our energetic components, a position that should be exciting to an applied scientist.
  • Work with multiple people, existing and novel design concepts, and exploring innovative applications for enabling our glassing capability in the RPF to meet new demands.
  • Work with other scientists across Sandia to couple the applied and fundamental R&D underlying glassing that addresses our technology basis.

Some travel to vendor sites and to conferences is expected. Support and guidance of stop-gap production needs will be a part of the job as well.


  • Master's or PhD in a STEM field plus 2 years of relevant experience; or equivalent and relevant experience/education.
  • Experience in glassing and glass ceramics.
  • Experience in team and project management.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DoE Q Clearance


  • Knowledge and experience with component glassing relevant to energetic components.
  • Knowledge with SB glassing.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience with production processes.
  • Experience working with energetic materials and devices.

Department Description:

The main responsibility of Department 2554, Energetic Materials Dynamic and Reactive Science, is to probe the science and response relevant to the behavior and performance of energetic materials (EMs: pyrotechnics, propellants and high explosives) and devices containing EM. The customer base includes Nuclear Weapons and Strategic Partnership Projects. Activities focus on projects supporting Sandia’s Nuclear Weapon mission and requested by customers; both include characterization of explosive responses in varied conditions and environments, understanding explosive behavior at the microscale (microenergetics), development of advanced diagnostics to measure and characterize EM phenomena and behavior, collaborating with modelers to build capabilities to predict EM response and performance, and leading all aspects of a Rapid Prototype Facility enabling new concepts and designs of energetic devices.

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.