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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Laboratory Support Technologist Structural Dynamics (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D Laboratory Support Technologist to join our team to strengthen our position as a recognized leader in the field of Structural Dynamics and help tackle some of the most complex issues facing our nation’s security! Our group has a unique balance of laboratory and field testing with state-of-the-art equipment to support our mission.

In this role you will support science and engineering research, development, and application activities which are often nonroutine or prototypical in nature. On any given day you may be called on to:

  • Help scientists and engineers realize ideas and designs and work together to accomplish goals

  • Apply experimental structural dynamic test techniques to an ever-changing assortment of projects including weapon systems, aerospace structures & payloads, and civil structures

  • Support field testing and instrumentation efforts for the development of service environments and response characterization

  • Develop, build, modify, repair, maintain, and utilize a wide variety of laboratory equipment

  • Develop and maintain material and process specifications to support engineering and scientific processes and work with key suppliers

  • Assist with data analysis, organization & interpretation of results, aid in documentation of results for customers, and support publication efforts such as conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journal papers

  • Conceive and implement new solutions and improvements to the group’s technical and operational procedures

    Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Associate degree in STEM or equivalent experience in any of the following fields:

  • Structural Dynamics

  • Experimental Modal Analysis

  • Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH)

  • Vibration Control

  • Structural Health Monitoring

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with dynamic sensors, instrumentation, and data acquisition equipment/software

  • Basic knowledge of structural dynamics, particularly experimental modal testing & analysis

  • Experience with MATLAB and/or Python

About Our Team:

The Experimental Structural Dynamics Department (01522) is an integral part of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Our Center is the steward of engineering mechanics and dynamics for Sandia, and we are dedicated to solving our customer’s most pressing and important national security problems. Our department specializes in advanced experimental diagnostic methods to characterize the inherent dynamic properties of structures and their complex response under operational environments. We support instrumentation efforts for high-consequence environmental tests and field data collection operations. We provide experimental modal models as well as high-quality data for analytical model validation through collaboration with the Analytical Structural Dynamics Department. The team also maintains a considerable R&D portfolio with focus areas including hybrid system modeling/substructuring, advanced multi-axis ground testing methods, nonlinear dynamics, transfer path analysis, experimental uncertainty quantification, and high-speed non-contact diagnostics. Our mission is to support the qualification of systems critical to our nation’s security and to constantly pursue new avenues for excellence through fundamental research and development opportunities.

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: 686509