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


The Ground-Based Monitoring Research and Engineering Department needs additional geoscientists to support and lead work aimed at enhancing the nation’s capabilities for monitoring underground nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.

The work is a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling studies and requires a candidate with a breadth of experience. Continual improvement of our processes both in the field and from a modeling perspective is actively pursued, and this individual would be expected to be an integral part of this process.

The successful candidates can expect to be a member of several multidisciplinary project teams. Many of our projects are in collaboration with International partners and experience with these types of interactions.

A willingness to travel domestically and internationally is necessary for the successful candidate;This position will require moderate travel.


  • A Ph.D. in Geoscience, Geophysics, Geology, or Physics or equivalent experience
  • Publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and commitment to producing high quality products
  • Proven ability to work on challenging engineering and analysis problems in a fast-paced team environment that requires extensive cross organizational, multi-disciplinary teaming


  • Ability to discover, understand, and articulate customer needs
  • Ability to develop proposals for new work with a variety of customers
  • Active L or Q security clearance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the development and delivery of presentations and producing scientific and engineering documentation
  • Proven ability to develop proposals for new work with a variety of customers
  • Ability of perform collaborative projects with our colleagues in SNL Geophysics and Geomechanics departments
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, as well as collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to write operating procedures, methods of analysis, and laboratory procedures
  • Some interest or experience in mentoring student interns

Department Description:

Ground-Based Monitoring R&E. Department 6752 researches, develops, designs, and analyzes ground-based monitoring stations, systems, and networks whose primary purpose is the verification of compliance with treaties limiting the testing of nuclear weapons. The department's current products and services are project management and the technologies required for the development of very low noise instrumentation systems, ground-based sensor design and evaluation, system design and analysis, data surety analysis, monitoring network evaluation and analysis, and system integration.

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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.