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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer (Experienced) 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.


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that helps tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security!

Our Team is seeking a highly motivated engineer to work in engineering mechanics within a multidisciplinary team working on a diverse set of both research and applications. Work within our group involves developing novel solutions to problems of national significance using world-class computational resources.

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

  • Perform engineering mechanics research, development, modeling, and simulation to support a variety of projects (e.g. nuclear safety, design, and qualification)
  • Use state-of-the-art computational tools to conduct nonlinear multiphysics simulations
  • Build model credibility through the application of verification and validation principles
  • Work closely with experimental mechanics and material science organizations to provide validated results of complex and challenging problems
  • Collaborate with the broader engineering mechanics community, both internal and external to Sandia
  • Mentor student interns within our Structural Mechanics Research & Applications Group


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering or a related engineering field plus one or more years of experience, or equivalent combination of engineering education and experience
  • Education or experience in nonlinear solid mechanics
  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools such as the finite element method
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance


  • PhD in mechanical engineering or other applicable engineering field
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of mechanical systems
  • Experience in thermal mechanical modeling of electronic packages
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of manufacturing processes
  • Demonstrated programming/scripting experience with Matlab, Python, Julia, or similar
  • Proven track record of documenting and presenting findings
  • Existing US DOE Q security clearance

Department Description:

The Component Science and Mechanics Department (1556) provides state-of-the-art engineering mechanics research and science-based engineering solutions for component development and assessment. Computational and physical simulations, including solid mechanics and structural dynamics for both linear and nonlinear systems, are used in a dynamic multidisciplinary teaming environment. Focus areas for the department include: solid mechanics, interface mechanics, contact mechanics, bolted joints, electronic packaging, impact response of mechanisms, advanced stress analysis for predicting fracture and fatigue, and joining techniques such as welding and brazing.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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.