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R&D Manager - Statistics and Data Analytics (5574) Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693544

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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:

We are seeking an R&D Manager to lead our highly dedicated and mission focused Statistics and Data Analytics department in the Human-Driven Data Science Group. Areas of emphasis include: design of experiments, statistical quality control, probabilistic modeling and computer simulation, statistical model calibration, analytics, statistical learning, inverse modeling and prediction, reliability and maintainability analysis, margin and uncertainty analysis, and metrology.

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

  • Partner with the management team and the data/information sciences community to develop and implement the vision and strategies for the future and to jointly manage the laboratories' statistics capability.

  • Craft and execute workforce development plans including recruiting, hiring, retention, career development and performance assessment for staff in the department, and facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills from experienced to developing statisticians.

  • Provide leadership for the department and be accountable for execution of desired outcomes.

  • Build and cultivate relationships with organizations across the laboratories, internal/external customers and federal agencies by providing statistical science knowledge, skills and insights and connections to resources.

  • Partner with mission and capability managers to understand the statistics and data analytics needs and challenges of these programs and prioritize agreements to support the greatest needs and areas of highest impact.

  • Lead statistics research and collaborate with staff to create and submit research proposals through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program and other funding opportunities.

  • Champion a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion and take an active leadership role in modeling and growing these values.

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

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:

  • Master's degree in mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science, engineering, or closely related field plus four (4) years' relevant experience

  • or PhD in the above fields.

  • Two years' leadership or management experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph examination

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong knowledge of the Nuclear Deterrence mission & weapons lifecycle process

  • Familiarity in statistics and the engineering application of statistics

  • Ability to lead cross-organizational teams and work in a highly matrixed environment, including the proven ability to build, lead and represent the capabilities of diverse, successful teams

  • Proven interpersonal skills in developing trust-based relationships among peers, staff, management, and sponsors

  • Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, proposals, documentation and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information at a level tailored the audience

  • Proficiency in delivering performance feedback to peers and team members, both written and oral

  • Demonstrated dedication to targeted staff recruitment and supporting staff career development

  • Record of scientific contribution and innovation and experience with business and program development

  • Existing relationships with technical community and/or awareness of ongoing developments in statistics and data science

About Our Team:

Human-Driven Data Science is at the forefront of advancing national security missions through innovative data science. Our organization is committed to realizing significant impact in national security, serving as a pivotal force-multiplier for our mission partners. We champion research exploration that leads to impactful mission applications, ensuring the investigative paths we embark on have the potential to contribute substantially to national security objectives.

We specialize in harnessing the power of data science and foundational mathematics, while emphasizing the critical role of cognitive science and human factors in technology and security solutions. Human systems experts apply research-based discoveries to build robust connections between people and technology, recognizing that human elements are vital in addressing complex national security challenges.

Our expertise in statistics is leveraged to provide innovative, tailored solutions to some of the most demanding national security problems. Furthermore, our machine intelligence expertise rapidly makes cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies practicable to a wide array of national security missions. We are committed to being a versatile and integral component in the landscape of national security, ensuring that our capabilities not only meet but anticipate the needs of the future.

Department 5574 primarily focuses on Sandia's nuclear deterrence and global security mission areas. We provide end-to-end support with statistics capabilities for the concept/feasibility, development, production and surveillance activities in the ND weapons process. Statisticians partner closely on mission teams to inform the collection, analysis, and interpretation of engineering data to make informed national security decisions. The department is actively engaged in several lab level initiatives such as the nuclear deterrence digital transformation and new approaches for reliability of nuclear weapon components and systems. Our department also act as trusted advisors on statistical methods for reliability, quality, uncertainty quantification, and metrology, and steward several statistics classes for the laboratories. We have a highly collaborative management team who work together to address program, line, and capability requirements, with highly matrixed staff.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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: 693544

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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