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R&D Systems Engineer - Component Surveillance (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691437

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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:

Are you excited about joining a dynamic team that tackles challenging multidisciplinary problems that directly impact national security? Do you want to positively influence the future of our Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission, with the unique opportunity to support both stockpile weapons programs and weapon modernization programs at the same time? If so, you could be the Component and Material Evaluation (CME) System Evaluation Engineer (SEE) we are looking for.

CME SEEs plan and manage the evaluation of stockpile components and materials, while also implementing Federal and local ND procedures. Our team provides guidance and expertise on life-cycle testing, as well as partnering with ND agencies to develop equipment required for testing the components and products. Our efforts directly support the Annual Assessment process, as well as reliability and surety assessments for the enduring stockpile.

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

  • Plan and execute engineering programs for Sandia’s customers and sponsors.

  • Serve as the primary representative to customers and partners for ND modernization programs through the negotiation, management, and delivery of all component evaluation scope for several technology families.

  • Establish strong relationships with key influencers and collaborate with cross-functional teams including systems, component engineering teams, independent technical assessment partners, and production agencies.

  • Identify defects and aging trends, understand performance margins, and make predictive assessments of weapon components and their materials through component evaluation activities.

  • Chair Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs) to determine the root cause of anomalies discovered during component evaluations and assess the impact to the safety, security, and reliability of the stockpile.

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 (up to 25%).

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a relevant STEM field, plus one (1) year of experience; OR Bachelor's degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.

  • Academic or job experience in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, failure analysis or related modeling/simulation projects.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance and Sigma 15 access, which may require polygraphy testing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in above-stated relevant fields.

  • Experience designing and qualifying hardware, software, or test equipment.

  • Experience identifying, preventing, and mitigating technical product defects and risks.

  • Knowledge and/or experience of system engineering concepts and principles.

  • Strong oral, written, presentation, and negotiation skills and ability to effectively partner in diverse team environments.

About Our Team:

The Integrated Stockpile Evaluation (ISE, 7250) mission is to provide trusted leadership for Sandia and NNSA in the planning, development, execution, and analysis of an effective stockpile evaluation program while providing exemplary knowledge management for the program to support stockpile decisions. ISE focuses on providing quality products (data, testers, etc.) to support and enable stockpile decisions. The ISE team ensures operations comply with laboratory policy, to include the Realize Product Procedures (RPPs) and corporate policies. In addition, the ISE team will also comply with all interim guidance as promulgated from government and laboratory management.

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:

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.

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.

Job ID: 691437

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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

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