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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Nuclear Engineer - Arms Control Verification and Monitoring (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 using innovative concepts to explore solutions to the nation's challenges? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues in national and global security?

We are seeking a Nuclear Engineer to contribute to our Arms Control Verification and Monitoring research and development mission.

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

  • Conceive of and lead the development for solutions to verification and monitoring challenges.

  • Perform gamma/neutron radiation transport studies to model the response of various radiation detection systems.

  • Design, build, assemble, and test radiation detector systems in an interdisciplinary team.

  • Develop and program algorithms and supporting software for radiation detection systems.

  • Support all areas of radiation detector system development, including material physics, signal processing, algorithm development, mechanical design, and use procedures.

  • Develop data analysis tools in Python, Matlab, Root, or similar languages.

  • Develop data acquisition systems for tailored applications.

  • Write technical reports summarizing R&D efforts.


  • PhD in Nuclear Engineering or a related field;

  • or Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering or a related field plus four (4) years’ relevant experience;

  • or Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering or a related field plus eight (8) years' of relevant experience

  • Experience using or designing radiation detection systems (gamma or neutron)

  • Knowledge of radiation transport calculations

  • Demonstratable proficiency to post-process and work with large sets of data

  • Proven ability to produce technical documents

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance


  • Experience with Matlab or python data analysis and post-processing

  • Experience with or knowledge of machine learning techniques and standard methodologies

  • Experience conducting radiation detection measurement experiments

  • Experience using GEANT4 and MCNP for radiation transport modeling and simulation

  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative , interdisciplinary and cooperative environment

  • Proven track record to perform data collection and analysis through simulation techniques or experiment

  • Understanding of nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and safeguards topics

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

    Department Description:

The Nuclear Verification Department (6831) is making the world a safer place by helping the US Government to reduce nuclear threats. We give policymakers technical options for verifying declared nuclear warheads and materials to enable effective arms control treaties and agreements. We research, develop, evaluate, and field new technologies that increase our government's capability to verify treaties and manage nuclear materials. Our diverse work includes technical development of radiation detectors, information barriers, sensors, tags, seals, information management and protection, and other nuclear security technologies, often with ultra-low-power requirements. Our programs are performed collaboratively with scientists and engineers in the Global Security & Cooperation Center (6800), across Sandia, with other national laboratories and sites, and internationally.

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.