Sandia National Laboratories Radiation and Fusion Diagnostics Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Research & Development Laboratory Support Technologist to work in the Sandia Pulsed Power Sciences Center as part of the Z Machine diagnostics team. This team develops and fields cutting edge scientific instrumentation to record and interpret x-ray and neutron data for high energy density physics experiments in the world’s largest radiation source. Applications include developing inertial confinement fusion and studying materials properties in extreme environments, radiation effects, and even astrophysical phenomena. This position involves a diverse cross section of duties from instrument fielding for Z experiments to diagnostic design and development, diagnostic calibration in the laboratory as well as data collection and processing. There is a strong focus on implementing technology in novel ways to push the boundaries of science, with an emphasis on data quality and scientific understanding.

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

  • Field diagnostics in the Z Machine facility, working with a multi-disciplinary team of Technologists, Engineers and Scientists in a fast-paced and fluid environment to accomplish daily instrument preparation, installation, testing and retrieval after experiment execution
  • Assemble, configure, modify, refurbish and repair diagnostic instruments in the laboratory
  • Use measurement equipment and software to collect, process and analyze experimental data
  • Work with the engineering team to develop and implement new designs and modifications of diagnostic instruments
  • Perform experiments to develop, test and calibrate new and existing diagnostic instruments in Center laboratories and at other facilities such as Sandia's Ion Beam Laboratory, the National Ignition Facility and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics
  • Maintain documentation for diagnostic operational procedures and/or laboratory work planning and safety


  • Associates degree in a STEM discipline or high school diploma plus three years of experience in a testing or research and development environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an STEM discipline
  • Five years of experience in a testing or research and development environment
  • Experience loading, assembling, and performing quality assurance on scientific equipment
  • Experience working in a fast-paced dynamic work environment with flexible work hours
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience working with x-ray or neutron diagnostics
  • Demonstrated ability working in a team environment with engineers, scientists, and other technologists

Department Description:

The Radiation and Fusion Diagnostics Department (1676) researches, develops and fields state-of-the-art diagnostic systems for measuring conditions created in high energy density science experiments on the Z Machine. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and technologists that work together in a collaborative environment to develop and field temporal, spatial, and/or spectral resolving diagnostics with an emphasis on instruments that measure X-ray and Neutron emission. The department’s activities include fielding of activation samples for measuring neutron yield, neutron time-of-flight for inferring ion temperature in fusion plasmas, X-ray fluence measurements to characterize X-ray outputs, and soft and warm X-ray imaging and spectroscopy to characterize source performance. In addition, calibration and characterization of detector and critical diagnostic component (e.g., crystal, filter, slit, pinhole, and PMT) responses and pursuing new diagnostic development such as neutron imaging, fusion burn history, and high-resolution time-gated X-ray imaging is also core to the department’s mission.

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:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT