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R&D Electrical Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689850

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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.

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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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about Electrical Engineering and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to solve ambitious issues for the nation's security?

We are seeking a motivated R&D Electrical Engineer to join the W87-1 JTA and Trainer Engineering Team. The successful candidate will be capable of solving complex, multi-disciplinary technical and programmatic challenges as part of our W87-1 Weapon System Engineering. Our team partners cross-functionally across the laboratories with the W87-1 systems organizations in 8250, component organizations, and testing and analysis organizations. The department also teams with external Nuclear Security Enterprise sites and customers including LLNL, KCNSC, Pantex, NNSA, and the USAF.

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

  • Design system electrical architecture and maintain product definition documents (WD, CK), procedures, and testing requirements (PS).

  • Work deeply with a component product realization team or mission realization capability partner to solve technical problems, address issues, and reduce risk.

  • Represent the system engineering team within the component engineering teams to ensure component production realization is implemented in a manner that guarantees requirements are met, according to schedule.

  • Work across the systems teams (e.g., design, requirements, qualification, etc.) to perform system integration tasks or work towards resolution of issues and reduction of risk.

  • Author documents, procedures and requirements for subsystem and system level deliverables.

  • Interact with partner organizations within Sandia and across external partners, such as PX, DOD/USAF, NNSA, KCNSC, LLNL, and others.

  • Team with others to understand status or issues, document lessons learned, and execute deliverables to meet customer requirements.

  • Support JTA build procedures and test processes at SNL, PX, and USAF.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel may be required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or a relevant STEM field, plus four (4) years of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus eight (8) years of experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance.

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above stated field.

  • Working knowledge of nuclear deterrence programs and processes.

  • Recent experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program.

  • Demonstrated experience effectively networking and partnering with organizations both internal and external to Sandia.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Ability to work collaboratively on cross-organizational/multidisciplinary teams.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with urgency on many competing priorities.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to proactively communicate challenging issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions.

About Our Team:

Department 7228 W88 ALTs 370/940 Product Realization, provide systems engineering and program integration for the US Navy’s Strategic Nuclear Weapons. The department is directly responsible for the design, development, and qualification the W88 ALT 370 System consisting of the Mk5 reentry body, the integrated Arming, Fuzing, and Firing (AF&F) system for the reentry body, and the ISA project named ALT 940. Other responsibilities include project planning and management, risk management, systems engineering design, development testing and modeling, and system qualification. Our departments focus has transitioned into early production in our partnership with our production agency to deliver Mk5 reentry bodies and AF&Fs to the nation’s deterrent needs. Our department resides in the Stockpile Management Group, responsible for all the NM Weapon Systems.

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.


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.

Job ID: 689850

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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