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Sandia National Laboratories R&D S&E, Systems Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Systems Engineer to aid in the engineering effort on several advanced flight systems for missile defense applications. You will join a department that designs, develops, tests, integrates, and eventually flight-tests advanced concept systems for missile defense applications. You will be a part of a small team of staff to define and analyze / assess early concepts, develop requirements and interfaces, control the technical design and build process, and verify that the as-built flight system is ready for integration and flight test.

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

  • Plan the execution of the SE effort to design, build, integrate, test, and field for highly integrated prototype missile and propulsion systems and subsystems.
  • Aid in the technical design and analysis cycle of preliminary advanced flight concepts.
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary design efforts across multiple programs.
  • Integrate complex flight hardware in a dynamic, challenging design environment.
  • Coordinate various technical activities including test planning, environments definition, interface management, trade studies, configuration management, and design review.


  • Your background includes a bachelor’s and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in any engineering, mathematics, or physics related field.
  • Experience and / or academic training in Systems Engineering activities like requirements, interfaces, or integration.
  • You can obtain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • You bring two or more years' experience in any discipline of technical systems engineering or systems integration.
  • Experience architecting systems, developing requirements, and providing traceability.
  • Experience planning technical work.
  • Experience with large scale integration and test.
  • Fundamentals of Systems Engineering principles and their application to large scale prototype programs.
  • Proven teaming experience.
  • Current DOE Q clearance.

Department Description:

The Advanced Threat Defeat group defines and realizes complex target vehicles for the Missile Defense Agency based on emerging threat data. The vehicles are engineered to exercise the capabilities of our nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. The department also conceptualizes and studies mechanisms for hypersonic weapon defeat.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.