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Sandia National Laboratories R&D S&E, Materials Scientist (Electronics Product Development and Production) (Early/Mid-Career) 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.

Salary Range:

$86,300 - $166,800 *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 highly motivated R&D S&E, Materials Scientist with a diverse skillset to support the development and production of high reliability custom capacitors and magnetics to meet national security needs. You will bring materials science subject matter expertise to our multidisciplinary team. Your focus will be coordinating, overseeing, and managing test activities to characterize and understand product performance relative to its functional requirements in specified field environments. You will have the opportunity to work closely with engineering teams at Sandia’s state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical (shock and vibration), and/or radiation test facilities.

For our products in qualification or steady state production, you will partner closely with our production partners, suppliers, and product acceptance tester engineers. You will provide technical support for product and tester qualification activities, assess product performance, conduct production process evaluations, and participate in failure analyses as required. Occasional travel is required.

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

  • Write test plans

  • Interface with the product development team, test facilities personnel, suppliers, quality engineers, electrical test engineers, etc.

  • Coordinate with technologists to set up tests, measure data, record data, troubleshoot, and analyze test data

  • Analyze and assess component performance, document, and present results

  • Evaluate production processes

  • Perform failure analyses

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in STEM discipline

  • Master's degree in Materials Science or four years of equivalent relevant experience

  • Experience working in an electronics, mechanical, chemistry, materials analysis, and/or physics lab environment

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master's degree in Materials Science plus two years of relevant experience

  • Experience with the design or analysis of high reliability custom electronic components

  • Experience working with high voltage components, systems, or testers

  • Ability to effectively use information technology to collect, store, and analyze current and legacy component data

  • Ability to implement models to analyze design trades and to elucidate technical issues as they arise

  • Ability to learn new technical areas

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills

  • Project leadership experience

  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance

  • A strong commitment to safety, security, quality, and program success

About Our Team:

The High Reliability Custom Technologies department designs and develops custom capacitors and magnetics (transformers of various types, inductors, solenoid coils, etc.) for nuclear weapons and other national security applications. The department covers the complete product realization cycle including requirements, design, development, specification, qualification, procurement, delivery, and stockpile support. We work closely with our partners at the Kansas City National Security Campus, the Sandia External Production program, and our suppliers to realize product. We support our customers by providing innovative designs, production techniques, and hardware for new programs while continuing the development, production, and surveillance of current and legacy components. We are advancing new technologies for next generation product insertion opportunities. Defect-prevention strategies are engrained in our work and design margins are quantified. There are multiple challenging requirements related to meeting high reliability numbers over extremely long life, radiation tolerance, nuclear safety requirements, and size and weight restrictions. Our labs are well equipped and have the capabilities to do specialized testing.

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: 686999