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


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to solve problems and build cutting-edge systems? Do you want to join a dynamic team that modernizes our Nation’s most critical weapon systems to ensure strategic deterrence for America? You will leave each day from work knowing you played a part in keeping our country safe and secure. If this motivates you, this position may be your answer. We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E Systems Engineer to join the NM Weapons Systems Engineering Center.

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

  • Resolve technical and programmatic design, development, qualification and production challenges in a collaborative manner with multiple internal and external agencies
  • Demonstrate technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks
  • Analyze system performance against requirements
  • Support the completion of functional and interface component requirements
  • Update design definition and documentation
  • Assess, plan, and report progress relative to program plan
  • Work with systems engineers from multiple Sandia National Labs (SNL), Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), Pantex (PX), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Navy, Air Force, Lockheed Martin, and Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) organizations to solve technical problems

Some travel with be required

Candidates applying on this requisition may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several organizations at Sandia National Laboratories. The organizations are listed below (but not limited):

Org. 2321, B61-12, AUR Systems Engineering, Steven Moya

Org. 2323, B61-12, Subassembly Product Realization, Jerry Stoughton

Org. 2324, B61-12, Non-WR Systems Engineering, Bob Paulsen

Org. 2325, B61-12, Air Force Integration, Rich Otten

Org. 2358, B61-12, System Functional Tech Basis, Scott Lindblom

Org. 2336, W88 ALT 370, System Surety Engineering, Ron Franco

Org. 2337, W88 ALT 370, System Engineering, Nick DeRue

Org. 2343, W88 ALT 370, AF&F, Jennifer Leute

Org. 2342, Mk21, Common/Adaptable Fuze Qualification, Kamilla Schwing


  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, in a STEM discipline.


  • Desire and ability to work on and communicate challenging issues with dynamic conditions, competing priorities, and firm deadlines in an ever-changing environment with urgency
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, internally and externally
  • Experience in a nuclear weapon system or component organization
  • Demonstrated experience in systems engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build and work effectively across technical teams, collaborate with customers and partners to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions
  • Experience with DOD or DOE programs
  • Active US DOE Q or DOD Top Secret clearance

Department Description:

The New Mexico Weapon Systems Engineering Center 2300 manages modernization for multiple nuclear weapon systems. The Center leads the Laboratories’ NM efforts to develop integrated engineering solutions that maintain weapon-system-required military effectiveness and reliability while seeking improvements in safety and security. The Center provides systems engineering, integration, qualification, and product realization expertise for NM-designed nuclear weapon system modernization programs from concept development through initial operating capability. This organization’s current focus is to deliver on time and within budget the B61-12 LEP, W88 ALT 370/940 and Mk21 Arming and Fuzing Assembly.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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.