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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Mechanical Engineer/Analyst (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking Structural Mechanics Analyst/Solid Mechanics Analyst to work as a Mechanical Engineer within the Structural and Thermal Analysis Department. Support of projects for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the United States (U.S.) Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is a key part of this job. The successful candidate will enjoy working as part of a team supporting an array of high visibility programs, including space nuclear propulsion, mobile nuclear power plants, and radiological packaging and transportation. This exciting and dynamic environment will provide you with the opportunity to work in a wide variety of technical areas across many programs in the division and across the Labs!

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

  • Team with in-house experts in the fields of high-fidelity multi-physics computation and large-scale structural analysis and strengthen the department’s structural dynamics research program, with particular emphasis on high-strain rate deformation, impact, fragmentation, and concurrent multiscale modeling

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field

  • Experience in structural analysis and solid mechanics

  • Experience in constitutive model development and implementation

  • Experience with the finite element method, multiscale modeling, and their use in the simulation of fragmentation

  • Strong communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Theoretical background in structural analysis and solid mechanics

  • Significant experience with the development of constitutive models and the implementation of constitutive models in implicit and explicit transient dynamic finite element frameworks for common engineering materials (metals, concrete, polymers, composites)

  • Experience with computer code development and working knowledge of the C++ and/or Fortran computer languages

  • Familiarity with numerical techniques and algorithms as applicable to the finite element method and constitutive model implementation

  • Experience in constitutive model development and/or calibrating model inputs from experimental data

  • Knowledge and experience of experimental techniques for material characterization

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience working in a collaborative environment

About Our Team:

The Structural and Thermal Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) supports a number of projects within the Nuclear Energy Safety Technologies Group. The department and group focus on analyses and experiments aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the nation's energy systems and infrastructure, with particular emphasis on civilian nuclear power. The Group's primary customer is the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Group serves as the SNL point-of-contact for the NRC. Key technical areas for our NRC-sponsored work include severe accident modeling, security analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, human reliability analysis, fire protection, and experiments. The Group also works extensively with other Sandia organizations and with the Department of Energy in a variety of areas related to risk and reliability analysis, human reliability analysis, structural analysis and modeling, fire protection, nonproliferation applications such as nuclear fuel cycle transparency monitoring, and experimental programs requiring remote locations and unique facilities. Technical staff capabilities include nuclear, mechanical, and electrical engineering, mathematics and statistics, computer science, project management, and regulatory compliance.

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.


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: 684698