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Sandia National Laboratories R&D S&E, Systems Engineering (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a high performing R&D S&E, Systems Engineer to join the W88 ALT Lab Surveillance team. The W88 ALT Lab Surveillance team is responsible for implementing the Lab and Flight test programs, supporting production and surveillance weapon and test anomaly investigations, planning and ensuring effective execution of the Performance Evaluation Test Unit (PETU) program, and for the required technical and programmatic reporting. As part of the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) surveillance team, this position involves being the SPA/SFI/PETU ALT Lab System Evaluation Engineer (SEE). In this unique role, the successful candidate will work closely with their Flight and Lab SEE counterparts to lead and continually improve the comprehensive ALT surveillance program. Specifically, the candidate will participate in the Significant Production Anomalies (SPAs) prior to the completion of the ALT First Production Unit (FPU) and will chair ALT Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs) for the production anomalies following FPU. The successful candidate will also lead the SEE efforts on the development of the new ALT 940 Tester. Following ALT 940 Tester Qualification, the candidate will be empowered to manage and direct the exciting and unique PETU program. This critical, high visibility role will require effectively teaming with various organizations within and external to Sandia, with the main external customers consisting of the NNSA and the Navy.

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

  • Learn the details of how the ALT weapon system and components function.
  • Chair Significant Finding Investigations and determine the cause and impact of component and weapon anomalies.
  • Provide direction and manage the unique PETU program and develop the system level and component level destructive test program.
  • Analyze data and trouble shoot anomalies observed during testing.
  • Solve problems and be inspired to pursue new and ongoing initiatives to achieve the integrated stockpile evaluation goals.


  • Bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline and an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a STEM discipline; or a minimum of 4 years relevant experience in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Five years of relevant experience.
  • Active US DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Demonstrated strong presentation, verbal and written communication skills to support interactions with multiple agencies and levels of management.
  • An advanced technical degree (Master’s or PhD).
  • Experience with Sandia corporate processes and the Sandia engineering infrastructure.
  • Experience with nuclear weapon component or system design, development, production, surveillance, nuclear safety, or assessment.
  • Experience with surveillance program (flight test, system laboratory test, component evaluations, and/or material evaluations).
  • Desire to analyze weapon data, develop improvements, and solve problems.

Department Description:

The Ballistic Missile Weapons (BMW) Integrated Stockpile Evaluation (ISE) department is responsible for the development and execution of the Integrated Stockpile Evaluation (ISE) Program for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). Specifically, System Evaluation Engineers (SEEs) in the Department are empowered to lead the Stockpile Laboratory and Flight Test activities for the W76, W76-1, W78, W87, W88, and UK Stockpile Warheads and develop the Surveillance programs for the W88 ALT, AFA, W87-1 and W93/Mk7. In addition to developing and executing the BMW Surveillance programs, the SEEs also chair investigations (Signficant Finding Investigations) into anomalies encountered during testing.

About Sandia:

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  • 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 security clearance to start.

Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.