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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer (Experienced) 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.


We are seeking engineers and scientists to join our dynamic team conducting pulsed power research and technology development. As a part of our team, you will collaborate with physicists, engineers, and technicians as we explore fundamental research while designing, building and testing pulse power drivers and technologies.

As a member of our team, you may be called to:

  • Develop next generation pulsed power accelerators as “engines of discovery” for national security and high energy density physics

  • Lead fundamental research in the foundational sciences driving our pulsed power technologies

  • Develop state of the art pulsed power components, such as switches and insulators, for applications in existing and future pulsed power systems

  • Collaborate with the Z Facility and Saturn Accelerator to increase machine performance and reliability through advances in pulsed power technology

  • Lead experiments on pulsed power machines such as Z, Mykonos, SPHINX, and others

  • Develop mathematical models and analysis tools for pulsed power systems

  • Perform analytic calculations and numerical simulations

  • Present your research and advances at scientific conferences

  • Publish your results in premier peer reviewed physics and engineering journals

    Join our team and attain your dreams while making a difference!


  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, or related field and one year experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • PhD in electrical engineering, physics, or related field

  • Experience in pulsed power technology or plasma physics research and development

  • Experience applying safety principles in laboratory activities

  • Experience in large state-of-the-art facilities

  • Experience with electrical, mechanical, pressure, vacuum, or diagnostic systems

  • Experience defining and solving challenging, complex problems

  • Demonstrated experimental, analytical, and computational skills

  • Successfully worked in a technical team

    Department Description:

    The Advanced Accelerator Physics Department (1651) invents, develops, builds, tests, and improves accelerators for a wide range of science discovery and national security missions for the country. We develop innovative pulsed power architectures for multiple missions requiring high voltages and high current accelerators. We are also developing the pulsed power science basis for components, high voltage breakdown, high voltage flashover, and vacuum power flow for increased performance from Z and the next generation of pulsed power accelerators. We develop and support power flow modeling, concepts, and diagnostics. We are a part of the Pulsed Power Accelerator Science and Technology Group (1650) which also manages Sandia's participation in the Enhanced Capabilities for Sub-Critical Experiments (ECSE) project. Our state-of-the-art machines include Z machine, Thor, Mykonos, Centipede and numerous pulsed power laboratories.

    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.

    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.