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Power Sources R&D Lab Support Technologist

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691553

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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:

Are you interested in joining a dynamic team that addresses challenging issues for the nation's security? Do you want to contribute to R&D for the next generation of power sources for nuclear deterrence and beyond? Are you willing to apply creativity, curiosity, and a tinkerer’s spirit to challenging laboratory investigation, material characterization, and novel prototypes?

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Laboratory Support Technologist to assist in the research, development, and design of critical power source materials and devices. 07549 has cradle-to-grave responsibilities within the Power Sources Technology Group (PSTG) at Sandia for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) customers and beyond, and this position carries the opportunity to impact our technologies along many points of their life cycles.

As a lab owner, equipment user, and member of our diverse and highly driven team, you will conduct laboratory experimentation and characterization of power source components, assist in prototyping activities, carry out laboratory-focused continuous improvement, and enforce meticulous safety and security best practices.

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

  • Coordinate with staff in laboratory settings to design and execute benchtop experiments.

  • Build and test novel power source devices.

  • Perform lab ownership duties, including safety and work planning documentation, training, and continuous improvement.

  • Recommend and make modifications to components, processes, or test procedures to meet desired specifications.

  • Develop, build, and maintain a variety of instruments, hardware, and processes.

  • Record and analyze observations in support of R&D and product realization, including daily laboratory notebooks.

  • Support documentation efforts, including preparing data and information for scientific and engineering reports and publications.

  • Work both independently and as a member of a team.

    Due to the nature of work, successful candidate must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associates degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subject area.

  • Experience with laboratory instruments to measure and observe scientific phenomena.

  • Experience in laboratory operations (e.g., set-up/maintenance/work planning/ownership).

  • Ability to acquire a DOE “Q” Clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Bachelors Degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subject or equivalent experience and education.

  • Experience with work planning and controls.

  • Experience with device design and assembly.

  • Background and experience with electronics, electrochemistry, heat transfer, and/or power source technologies.

  • Knowledge of electronic circuits in common test equipment.

  • Familiarity writing and maintaining Labview applications.

  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to perform hazardous operations safely.

  • Ability to take general direction and implement technical activities without detailed guidance or supervision.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with staff, technologists, support personnel, and vendors.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Active DOE “Q” clearance

About Our Team:

Our team is part of the Power Sources Technology Group, working on high consequence technologies that support critical Nuclear Deterrence systems. We support the entire product life-cycle from development to production and legacy components. We also engage in R&D activities to develop power source solutions for the future.

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.

Job ID: 691553

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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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