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R&D Optimization Research (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688581

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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.

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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:

$101,400 - $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:

We are seeking an experienced Computer Science/Optimization Researcher to join the Operations Research and Computational Analysis Department to conduct research and serve as a consultant to staff working on advanced optimization models. You will bring the skills, knowledge, and technical experience needed to solve the group’s most difficult optimization models applied to national security problems. This role will provide Mixed-Integer programming (MIP) algorithmic expertise on existing and new models. In this position, you will grow a portfolio of projects based on expertise in Mixed-Integer Programming or a related field of optimization and your demonstrated history of technical leadership in this space.

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

  • Develop reformulations, optimization techniques, or advanced algorithms for solving difficult optimization models.

  • Create new optimization models for problems across various science and engineering domains.

  • Lead multi-disciplinary project teams and proposal development efforts

  • Present model applications at conferences and customer briefings.

  • Work closely with analysts and software engineers to develop models into applications.

  • Publish research in journals, conference papers, and technical reports.

Qualifications We Require:

  • PhD in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or related field or;

  • Master’s degree in the above, plus four (4) years’ experience

  • Expertise in mixed-integer programming (MIP) or a related field of optimization, with experience applying MIP concepts in multiple domains.

  • Demonstrated experience solving difficult optimization models and developing advanced optimization algorithms

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated expertise in mixed-integer non-linear programming (MINLP)

  • Experience leading proposal development and project teams

  • Experience working successfully with researchers, analysts, and software engineers

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop, deliver and present technical ideas and results

About Our Team:

The Complex Systems for National Security Group (Group 5520 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) researches and applies operations research and computer science to analyze, predict and influence the behavior of complex, highly interdependent systems critical to our nation’s security. We provide capabilities motivated by the challenge of understanding, quantifying, and controlling the resilience of key complex systems critical to the laboratories’ National Security mission. The approaches and capabilities we provide are used to address complicated system and enterprise-level challenges facing a diverse set of national security partners.

Department 5521, Operations Research and Computational Analysis, is one of four departments in the Group. The department supports a wide variety of internal and external customers through mathematical modeling, analysis, and software development. We develop models and software products in the areas of optimization, simulation, statistics, decision theory, data querying and analysis, knowledge management, embedded systems, situational awareness and sensor data management. Our software development efforts are normally performed by small teams that stay closely involved with users and stakeholders throughout the software life cycle.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 688581

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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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