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R&D Systems Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689808

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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:

$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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Ready to join a dynamic team that solves challenging technical problems for national security? Do you have a passion for design, development, integration, and testing? If so, we invite you to explore this opportunity to join our impactful growing team! Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for nuclear weapon systems over their entire lifecycle, from original design and production through final dismantlement and disposal. Throughout this lifecycle, we ensure the U.S. nuclear stockpile remains safe, secure, and reliable, and can fully support our nation’s deterrence policy.

To support this important mission, we are seeking an experienced and motivated R&D Systems Engineer to serve as the W88 System Flight Testing Lead. This high-visibility role would have System Lead responsibility for the instrumented (JTA8) and high-fidelity (JTA7R) Joint Test Assembly programs and would also be a key contributor to the development of flight test bodies for measuring environmental responses for compatibility assessment of the system with the future Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM). These highly complex technical challenges require a multi-disciplinary approach of systems engineering supported by deep science. This position also includes partnering closely with our U.S. Navy and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) customers to ensure a successful integration of NNSA flight test vehicles into U.S. Navy assets.

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

  • Lead the Product Realization Team (PRT) for JTA8, consisting of counterparts in multiple external stakeholder organizations.

  • Lead the Systems Team response to production issues for the JTA8 at the Telemetry Module level and system level.

  • Serve on the PRT for JTA7R as the Sandia lead for system integration.

  • Participate in trade studies and requirements definition for environmental flight test vehicle concepts for missile compatibility assessment.

  • Engage with the Extended Navy Test Bed program lead to provide hardware and systems support as needed.

  • Engage with the JTA8 component organizations for support of technical and production issues.

  • Participate in external flight data reviews and external flight test planning meetings.

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams in solving high-profile technical challenges.

  • Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute complex system-level environmental and functional tests.

  • Analyze test data and system performance against design requirements.

  • Brief management team, NNSA, and U.S. Navy customers on the status of current programs.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant STEM field, plus one (1) year of experience; OR bachelor’s degree in stated field, plus five (5) years of experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in above stated field.

  • Active DOE Q/L or DoD TS/S clearance.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Weapon Systems.

  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams through complex technical challenges.

  • Experience working with National Nuclear Security Administration, DoD customers, Los Alamos National Laboratory, DoD contractors, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) and Pantex.

  • Experience working with the Nuclear Security Enterprise drawing and authorization system PRIME, product development and qualification, testing and evaluation, and modeling and simulation.

  • Ability to integrate into and work effectively across multiple technical teams.

  • Experience using engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.

  • Experience with test instrumentation and methods.

  • Experience writing test plans and defining test objectives.

  • Familiarity with environmental test facilities (e.g., Lightning, Nuclear Reactors and Pulsed Power Facilities, Shock/Vibe Labs, etc.) and experience coordinating with them.

  • Experience designing qualification plans.

  • Experience building test bodies and/or familiarity with configuration of test setups.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver briefings to customers and various levels of management.

About Our Team:

Department 7224 is entrusted with maintaining the integrity of the U.S. Navy’s W88/Mk5 nuclear weapon system, to help assure it remains safe, secure, reliable and of the highest performance as a key component of U.S. strategic deterrent capability. A large part of our team activity is maintaining and extending the technical basis that underpins annual assessment of the system. Production activities for the W88 Alt 370 and W88 Alt 940 continue at the Kansas City National Security Campus, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pantex and Sandia National Laboratories and require frequent communication with stakeholders in those organizations to keep production on track. The department leads robust efforts in developing and maintaining testers, managing field-return hardware and designing/assembling test bodies to support compatibility work with future missile delivery and over-the-road transportation platforms. We also interface with component, testing, computational simulation, and design definition organizations to manage schedule and budget associated with technical basis and compatibility assessment work.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in recognition of the many benefits of a diverse team and in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

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.

Job ID: 689808

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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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