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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer - Structural Dynamics (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.


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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? We are seeking a R&D Mechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team and help tackle some of the most complicated issues facing our nation’s security!

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

  • Work on component and system level testing to support all Sandia programs as required, including nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, and a variety of work for other customers

  • Work collaboratively with other staff and technologists on many challenging and innovative projects to perform quality mechanical testing for customers

  • Lead efforts to identify and implement both technical and operational laboratory improvements

  • Contribute to research projects and publishing technical work

  • Provide technical guidance to laboratory technologists

  • Take an active role in the development and execution of test specifications to ensure test units are exposed to the correct environments

  • Implement work planning and control processes to assure safe, secure, and high-quality operation

    Join our team and attain your dreams while making a difference!


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related STEM field or a Master's degree in STEM plus 5 years relevant experience

  • Experience with structural dynamics and/or solid mechanics

  • Experience with basic laboratory test equipment, including data acquisition equipment, signal conditioners, and measurement sensors

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q security clearance


  • Experience with structural dynamics test development, including familiarity with classical dynamic, structural and non-destructive evaluation equipment, test setup, and data acquisition systems

  • Experience with advanced data or image processing techniques

  • Experience with work planning and controls processes

  • Experience with high consequence safety operations, including explosive and radioactive related processes

  • Ability to interpret, organize, and document experimental results

  • Outstanding communication skills and an ability to interact well with multi-disciplinary teams with diverse technical backgrounds

  • Active DOE/DoD clearance

    Department Description:

    The Experimental Structural Dynamics Department (01522) is part of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Our center is the steward of engineering mechanics for Sandia and we are dedicated to solving our customer’s most pressing and important national security problems. Our department specializes in experimental technologies related to structural mechanics, structural dynamics and non-destructive evaluation. With our state of the art experimental technologies, technical expertise, and analytical capabilities in sister departments, we provide integrated customer solutions in the following areas: accurate characterization of structural response of systems to force and pressure environments, development and application of state-of-the-art radiographic and acoustic diagnostics, structural dynamics testing including modal analysis and vibration characterization, and design expertise for fixturing and development of experimental configurations. Our mission is to support fundamental research, development, model validation, qualification and acceptance for nuclear weapons, satellites, national missile defense, and other applications.

    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: 679639