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R&D Statistician (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688586

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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 - $146,200

*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 driven and results oriented R&D Mathematics Statistician to join our Statistics and Data Analytics department to perform statistical analysis and methodology development for our highly dedicated and mission focused team. We inform the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to help Sandia complete its mission. The selected applicant will engage in project participation, applied research and development, instructing, and collaboration.

Statistical areas of emphasis in our department include design of experiments, statistical quality control, probabilistic modeling and computer simulation, statistical model calibration, analytics, statistical learning, inverse modeling and prediction, reliability and maintainability analysis, margin and uncertainty analysis, and metrology.

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

  • Conduct and handle technical work and work on interdisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative statistical solutions to help tackle the most exciting National security problems.

  • Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to provide statistical expertise on data collection and analysis, methodology development, and applied statistical research.

  • Apply probability modeling, including Bayesian techniques to help solve problems and answer questions

  • Assist in verifying and validating computational simulation models

  • Inform efficient use of resources and smart data collection for physical test data and/or computer simulated data through Experimental Design

  • Quantify and interpret uncertainties arising from stochastic variation and/or lack of knowledge in a variety of practical problem settings

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 80% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, data science, computer science or closely related field

  • Programming skills in one or more of the following:

  • R

  • Python

  • Matlab

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • One (1) or more years of experience in statistical analysis

  • Experience teaming in an interdisciplinary R&D setting, including the proven ability to collaborate on cross-organizational teams and perform independent research and consulting

  • Proficiency with varied communication methods, including oral presentation, preparation of high-impact visual presentations, written reports, proposals, documentation and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific and technical information at a level tailored to the audience

  • Proven experience with probability modeling, design of experiments, and reliability estimation

  • Experience with Bayesian modeling

  • Demonstrated experience consulting with both technical and non-technical partners without statistics backgrounds

  • Experience with time-series or statistical signal processing techniques

  • Experience with R shiny or other web application technologies

About Our Team:

We are one of 5 departments in the Statistics and Human Systems group and primarily focus on Sandia's nuclear deterrence and global security mission areas. We provide a range of statistics capabilities to help accelerate design, qualification, production, and surveillance activities.

We actively engage in several lab level initiatives such as the nuclear deterrence digital transformation and new approaches for reliability of nuclear weapon components and systems. Our department also acts as trusted advisors on statistical methods for reliability, quality, uncertainty quantification, and metrology, and stewards a number of statistics classes for the laboratories. We have a highly collaborative management team who work together to address program, line, and capability requirements, with highly matrixed staff.

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.

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: 688586

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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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