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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Manager, Fire, Risk, & Transportation Systems Department 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.


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We are seeking a dedicated R&D, Manager to lead a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team in the Fire, Risk, & Transportation Systems (8854) department to solve safety and security challenges related to nuclear power systems and other critical energy infrastructure including hydrogen systems. The team uses innovative computational and experimental capabilities to perform R&D to advance issues of national interest. The selected candidate should be committed to stewarding the department’s capabilities, including staffing and career development, working with internal experts and facilities from across the Labs, and developing work portfolios that exercise and advance the technical abilities of the staff covering multiple STEM areas including civil, mechanical, chemical, fire protection, and nuclear engineering.

The department has a large portfolio of projects assessing risk from stationary and mobile nuclear systems, hydrogen systems, liquefied natural gas systems, and other new technologies. The portfolio includes R&D that advances the state-of-art risk tools and methodologies in the areas of fire and digital instrumentation and control risk. Expertise in the department informs consensus codes and standards with risk insights for NNSA, DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and industry. We partner with departments across the Labs (and across the DOE/NNSA Complex) spanning diverse areas from experimental capabilities, information sciences, statistics, and computational simulation to conduct risk and safety related evaluations and analyses of systems, under normal and abnormal conditions.

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

  • Lead program development efforts to connect the team’s expertise with potential beneficiaries, collaborators, and customers in alignment to strategic plans and Sandia’s mission

  • Strengthen customer partnerships to enrich relationships, capitalize on strengths, and amplify our program impact

  • Meet programmatic performance, cost, and schedule requirements

  • Cultivate a diverse and inclusive work environment and ensure a culture that promotes safety and security

  • Manage areas of recruitment, selection, training, performance assessment, work assignments, recognition, and disciplinary actions

  • Lead multiple teams, including contractors and Principal Investigators from across the Labs, working on a diverse set of technical subject areas

  • Develop and mentor staff as well as developing positive relationships with peers

  • Ensure that our technical products are of the highest quality by ensuring technical quality reviews

    This position requires frequent domestic and some international travel.


  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in STEM with five or more years of relevant technical experience, or a Bachelor's degree in STEM plus eight years of relevant experience

  • At least two years’ experience of management or leadership of multi-disciplinary technical teams

  • Demonstrated program management experience or experience initiating, leading, and delivering on technical programs that require collaboration across organizations and technical areas

  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills as proven by a record of technical publications, technical presentations, and proposal development

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


  • Experience with nuclear power systems and their regulatory requirements

  • Experience working with NRC, DOE, and other domestic and foreign customers

  • Familiarity with DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies Office, and Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

  • Experience managing or leading all aspects of activity level work and familiarity with the work planning and controls process

  • Experience with large scale experiments for validation of models and regulatory certification

  • Experience with Strategic Partnership Programs projects

  • R&D experience in modeling and simulation, risk assessment, or experimentation for nuclear, hydrogen, or other hydrocarbon energy systems

  • Ability to model Sandia’s behaviors and empower staff to do the same

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external customers, including building and managing effective working relationships

  • Ability to mentor and lead the organization on department tasks and organizational goals and objectives

  • Knowledge of Sandia's safety and security rules and guidelines

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop strategic vision and establish new programs and customers

    Department Description:

The Fire, Risk, & Transportation Systems department conducts risk related work to high consequence systems including nuclear facilities, critical infrastructures, advanced energy systems, transportation and packaging of nuclear materials, and other national security related work. Risk-informed R&D in this department currently supports research into probabilistic risk assessments and analysis, fire risk analysis, and other risk related work. The focus of the department's efforts is on research related to operational risk and risk analysis of high-consequence engineered systems to various threats including system failure mechanisms, reliability issues, kinetic threats, and naturally occurring events. These systems include nuclear power reactors, energy systems, and international nuclear related risk. The department supports an array of governmental entities, providing risk insights to guide the decision-making that advances the national interest. The department's client base includes the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other federal and non-federal entities.

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.

Job ID: 679585