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R&D Systems Engineer - Air Delivered Weapons Surveillance (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693154

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D Systems Engineer to become part of the Air Delivered Weapons Surveillance team supporting Laboratory and Flight System-Level testing.

You will be part of a highly collaborative and mission-driven team that leads the planning, execution, analysis and reporting of the system-level laboratory and flight tests that inform the assessment of the weapon. We have a position for a self-starter who will provide immediate/near term support for surveillance activities on existing stockpile systems. The selected candidate will participate in planning and test execution, lead anomaly investigations, and will be required to coordinate with internal and external partners.

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

  • Collaborate with SNL Systems Organizations and other internal stakeholders.

  • Deliver written (e.g., engineering authorizations) and/or oral communication to customers and partners.

  • Demonstrate technical breadth and depth by leading anomaly investigations and providing information in a team setting to develop a cohesive explanation for observed behavior in data sets.

  • Collaborate with or lead teams that include internal and external personnel (i.e., National Nuclear Security Administration customers, DoD customers, Lawrence Livermore or Los Alamos National Laboratory, DoD contractors, Kansas City National Security Campus, and the Pantex production agency).

  • Provide support to testing activities at the Sandia Weapons Evaluation Test Laboratory, located on the Pantex Plant.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite in Albuquerque, NM. Some travel is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) in an Engineering or Science field, plus (1) one year of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus (5) five years of experience.

  • Active US DOE Q-level security clearance (or DOD equivalent), with the ability to obtain and maintain Sigma 15.

  • Experience in data analysis and reporting results.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions.

  • Eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions.

  • Eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

  • Demonstrated communication and teaming skills.

  • Ability to bring diverse technical perspectives, experience, and interests to the group.

  • Ability to combine the inputs of multiple subject matter experts (process engineers, technicians, scientists, design engineers) to arrive at a technically sound and implementable solution, document, or decision.

  • Previous experience working within the National Security Enterprise.

  • Knowledge of/familiarity with Air Delivered Nuclear Weapons.

About Our Team:

The primary objective of our organization is to assure that the US nuclear weapon stockpile remains safe, secure, and reliable as the underlying basis of the US nuclear deterrent capability.

Department members provide the technical and programmatic leadership for system-level laboratory and flight-testing programs for stockpile air delivered weapon systems. In support of weapon modernization programs, we collaborate to develop requirements for the weapon, future testers, and new data analysis software. Ultimately, we provide engineering support for the life cycle of the weapons, including special studies, testing and data analysis, and leading root cause investigations that can stem from testing. Conducting the data analysis and reporting on weapon performance requires a thorough understanding of the technical performance of the weapon and data collection systems. We are responsible for communicating test results to our customers and stakeholders through presentations or written reports. Each department member is encouraged to pursue continuous improvement in personal technical capabilities, teaming skills, and innovative processes and procedures to be able to effectively manage a growing myriad of increasingly complex technical challenges.

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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.


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.

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.

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: 693154

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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

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