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R&D Manager - MEMS Technologies and Future Microsystems (5219) Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693529

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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:

An exciting opportunity exists for a Technical Manager who will help progress Sandia’s advanced microsystems in quantum, MEMS, and additive manufacturing while contributing directly to the nation’s security. The successful candidate will provide strategic and tactical direction for the MEMS Technologies department, and be a key member of the Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications (MESA) leadership team. This customer-focused department provides a high-impact mix of novel product development, world-class technology R&D, and national security technical consulting.

Support for these activities is via a balanced portfolio of external and internal partnerships and substantial internal research funding. The department is composed of a high performing team of motivated, interactive, and mutually supportive team members, performing both individual and small group R&D in a dynamic and friendly team atmosphere. The team consists of sub-teams pursuing advanced R&D in quantum acoustics, MEMS technology development, and additive manufacturing. They support technology development and perform leading-edge research in collaboration with many groups across Sandia as well significant interactions with external collaborators.

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

  • Support the Department’s role in development of technologies that are key to future ND deliverables.

  • Lead the technology development team in ensuring rigorous process control is established and maintained.

  • Develop, grow, and communicate a dynamic and compelling vision of the Department’s key strengths and thrust areas, refining where appropriate.

  • Maintain and build relationships with key current and new customers internal and external to Sandia.

  • Provide strategic recruiting and mentoring of high impact staff, including setting expectations, providing assistance in removing roadblocks to progress, and maintaining a safe, secure, and productive work environment.

  • Support and develop staff ideas and supporting program development activities for these innovations.

  • Sustain an environment to provide staff with rewarding and challenging work leading to continued professional and personal growth.

  • Team within the Center, across Sandia, and with a variety of universities, other government agencies, and commercial companies.

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

Occasional domestic travel will be required.

Salary Range:

$149,700 - $254,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or relevant STEM field plus four (4) or more years of technical experience

  • Two (2) or more years of leadership experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong customer delivery focus and demonstrated ability to create and nurture healthy relationships with customers, stakeholders, Federal Program Managers, External Funding sponsors and others within the organization

  • Ability to manage complex project commitments including customer interfaces and collaborations spanning multiple organizations

  • Demonstrated ability in program development, developing R&D proposals, and securing R&D funding.

  • Critical thinking skills and ability to identify, develop, and manage risk management strategies

  • Prior work and/or leadership experience with microelectronics/microsystems, MEMS, semiconductor fabrication, and product development

  • A passion for innovation and a strong desire to positively impact the security of the nation

  • The willingness to challenge the status quo, the aptitude to develop new visions, and the ability to lead and manage change

  • Experience in managing classified material and projects

About Our Team:

You will be part of the MEMS Technology Department ( We conduct research and development for advanced micro-electromechanical systems that push the technology envelope for national security applications. Our broad R&D portfolio includes traditional MEMS sensors and actuators (e.g., inertial sensors and switches), piezoelectric devices (e.g., ultrasonic transducers), RF/acoustic devices (e.g., RF filters), opto/acoustic devices (e.g., optical modulators), magnetic and photovoltaic devices, and emerging technologies. We also develop and maintain a comprehensive set of MEMS fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build MEMS with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes. MEMS is an interdisciplinary field, so our team includes a great diversity of technical backgrounds, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, and civil engineering. We highly value technical competence and entrepreneurial spirit. We welcome diversity of all kinds and strive for an inclusive environment.

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: 693529

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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

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