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R&D Nuclear/Electrical Engineering (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689766

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*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:

The Applied Nuclear Technologies department is seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Nuclear Engineer to assist in a wide variety of duties associated with the design, testing and analysis of custom electrical and radiation experiments.

On any given day, you may be called on to

  • Use your education and experience to assist in the radiation testing and modeling of device response to radiation

  • Work in both office and laboratory environments, at frequent on and off-site testing, and in radiation and contamination areas

  • Conduct Electrical circuit response modeling, radiation transport calculations, programming for automation and analysis, organize experiment logistics, coordinate overseeing experimental campaigns, circuit and PCB design, and hands-on experimental work

The successful candidate will join a dedicated diverse team of scientists and engineers focusing on applied research in the interests of National Security!

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, physics, or a relevant STEM field – required to start

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with radiation transport codes especially MCNP preferred or other relevant computational software

  • Two years of relevant post-graduate employment experience or PhD degree in nuclear, electrical, physics or relevant STEM field

  • Experience with laboratory testing, electronic instrumentation, and test operations

  • Experience with nuclear radiation transport and/or radiation effects

  • Experience with electronic circuit design and analysis

  • Experience designing and operating mechanical systems

  • A desire to publish their research work in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences

  • Experience with engineering design tools such as SolidWorks, Altium Designer, or other relevant computer aided mechanical or electrical design software

  • Experience with programming and/or data automation software such as C++, FORTRAN, Matlab, LabView and/or Python

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

About Our Team:

As part of the Radiation & Electrical Sciences Center, the Applied Nuclear Technologies Department (1384) explores, develops, and applies physics and engineering principles to many areas of nuclear and radiation technology. The Department is responsible for the Device Physics, Energetic Neutrons, and Transient Neutrons portion of the Sandia's Radiation Effects Sciences (RES) Program to explore radiation effects on electronic devices.

We collaborate with the Nuclear Facilities Operations and the Radiation Modeling and Metrology departments at Sandia to 1) tailor and characterize appropriate testing environments in the TA-V nuclear facilities to meet customer needs and 2) design and conduct nuclear criticality experiments in the Sandia Critical Experiments (SCX) Facility for the NNSA Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP) and developed and deliver Hands-on training with critical experiments for the NCSP.

We operate and maintain a semiconductor devices laboratory which uses a variety of characterization techniques including Deep-Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) to analyze native defects and radiation-induced defects in semiconductor devices and explore the damage mechanisms in devices exposed to different radiation environments.

This team is part of the Radiation, Electrical and High Energy Density (REHEDS) Research Foundation at Sandia.

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: 689766

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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