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R&D Electrical Engineer, Systems - Product Realization (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691453

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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 passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to solve problems and build cutting-edge systems? Do you want to join a dynamic team that modernizes our Nation’s most critical weapon systems to ensure strategic deterrence for America?

If so, Organization 7228, W88 ALTs 370/940 Product Realization, is seeking a highly motivated R&D Electrical Engineer to join the W88 Alt 370 – Arming, Fuzing, and Firing (AF&F) Systems Team! The selected candidate will leave every single day from work knowing they have played a part in keeping our country safe and secure. This position may be of interest to you if this motivates you.

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

  • Resolve technical and programmatic design, development, qualification, and production challenges in a collaborative manner with multiple internal and external agencies.

  • Demonstrate technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks.

  • Analyze system performance against requirements.

  • Support the completion of functional and interface component requirements.

  • Update design definition and documentation.

  • Assess, plan, and report progress compared to program plan.

  • Work effectively with systems engineers from multiple organizations to solve technical problems, including Sandia National Labs (SNL), Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), Pantex (PX), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), etc.

    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 related STEM field, plus one (1) year of experience; OR Bachelor's degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields.

  • Active DOE Q-Level Security Clearance (or DOD equivalent).

  • A desire and ability to work on and communicate ambiguous issues with dynamic conditions, competing importance, and firm target dates in a constantly evolving environment with urgency.

  • Proven experience in systems engineering including requirements definition, requirements mapping, and requirements verification.

  • A demonstrated ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, collaborate with customers and partners to resolve issues, and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions.

  • Experience in test equipment engineering.

  • Experience with the following software/programming languages:

  • MATLAB, LabVIEW TestStand, VB.Net, Verilog

  • Experience with data and failure analysis.

  • Experience working system integration/interface issues.

  • Experience writing Engineering Authorizations.

  • Previous work with the Kansas City National Security Campus.

  • Experience in a nuclear weapon system or component organization.

  • Experience with DOD or DOE programs.

  • Effective communication skills, internally and externally.

About Our Team:

Department 7228 W88 ALTs 370/940 Product Realization, provide systems engineering and program integration for the US Navy 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.

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: 691453

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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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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
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