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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


Department 02933, Weapon Surety Engineering I, is seeking an R&D Electrical Engineer to drive system development and qualification to abnormal electrical environments. In this role, the selected candidate will develop domain expertise in nuclear safety architecture for weapon systems and develop expertise in the design and function of safety critical components and the system to fully evaluate threat space for electrical insults. As a nuclear safety electrical engineer, you will develop system requirements, influence the design of experiments, and guide modeling and analysis to ensure the system responds safely to electrical insults.

On any given day, you could be asked to:

  • Apply your expertise to identify safety critical features

  • Evaluate the electrical threat space and provide rationale that shows how unintended electrical insults challenge the safety architecture of a system

  • Work with subject-matter professionals to develop detailed analysis and test information that form the technical basis to assure systems are safe to unintended electrical threats

  • Provide consultation to appropriately disposition hardware in production

  • Develop technical domain expertise and work closely with peers at Sandia, Los Alamos, KCNSC, and Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Some travel, on occasion, is required to collaborate with other Subject Matter Experts


  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance with Sigma 15


  • Electrical design, test, and simulation experience, particularly with respect to nuclear safety

  • Familiarity with nuclear weapon design and processes

  • Familiarity with hazard/safety/failure analysis (e.g. fault tree analysis, failure modes and effects analysis)

  • Experience with aspects of electro-mechanical component design, analysis, and production

  • Desire to continuously learn and improve

  • Resourcefulness when solving deeply sophisticated technical problems

  • Effective communication

  • Experience working with a team across multiple organizations and sites

  • Experience with high visibility roles and technical presentations

    Department Description:

Weapon Surety Engineering I (Nuclear Safety Assurance) is a customer-focused organization that provides engineering and system analysis expertise to ensure a safe deterrent throughout the entire weapon lifecycle. Engineers develop a deep knowledge in both component and system function to support detailed evaluation and mitigation of potential failure modes. We operate across multiple engineering fields (mechanical, electrical, computer, materials, and systems engineering) with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary capability. The team supports a variety of stockpile systems and is part of the product teams during development, design, and production. We support advanced concept and exploratory efforts as well. Our engineers use their extensive component and system knowledge, as well as experimental data and modeling, to ensure products function as intended with assured safety. Members of our department learn the function of multiple components, how those components integrate within the system, and apply surety principles and processes to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and effective U.S. nuclear deterrent.

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*

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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.