Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer - Electrical Engineer Design/Development (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Systems Engineer to support the development, specification, and testing of warhead components. The tasks for this position include clarification of requirements, planning and procurement of prototypes, test planning, analysis of test/analysis data for design performance, design definition and documentation, and communication of program status and engineering data to customers and Sandia management. The successful candidate(s) will be part of a tightly integrated team working to design, develop, qualify, and produce the modified warhead as well as deploying it into the Navy fleet. This position offers the opportunity to learn and experience the big picture of system engineering across Sandia and the NNSA enterprise as well as taking part in the primary mission of the Lab.

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

  • Support the completion of functional and interface component requirements
  • Update design definition and documentation
  • Support the testing and evaluation of prototype hardware
  • Work with production agency to characterize and fix performance issues
  • Technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks
  • Analyzing system performance against requirements
  • Assess, plan, and report progress relative to program plans


  • Bachelor’s and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in relevant STEM discipline; Bachelor’s degree in relevant STEM discipline plus four years relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Five or more years relevant experience.


  • Knowledge of the NNSA configuration management and engineering authorization (EA) system
  • Demonstrated ability to develop products within the Nuclear Weapon Realize Product Subsystem
  • Experience in system engineering of large and complex systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work within teams that cross technical disciplines.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in an environment with dynamic conditions, competing priorities, and firm deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Active DOE or DOD security clearance

Department Description:

The W88 ALT370 Arming, Fuzing, and Firing (AF&F) department is responsible for the design and development of the AF&F components to extend the life of the W88-0/Mk5 warhead for the US Navy Strategic Weapons Program. This department derives detailed specification from customer requirements that multiple Sandia organizations use to design the required components. A diverse staff supports this work with technical expertise in electrical and mechanical engineering, broad perspective system engineers, and program planning and management staff. This department works as an integrated team with other Sandia departments to design the many components, qualify them for deployment, and support the production.

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*

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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:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT