Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Systems Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Are you looking for an opportunity to impact the safety of the nation’s nuclear deterrent? Do you want to join an engaging team driven to advance nuclear safety principles and concepts?

If so, you may be the R&D Systems Engineer we are seeking to join our team. In this role, you will ensure the Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Explosive Safety of Nuclear Weapons. You will assess conceptual and realized design details as they pertain to the implementation of nuclear weapon safety principles, particularly with respect to weapon safety elements and hazards. Other activities include participation within various integrated teams (e.g., Weapon Assessment Teams, Significant Finding Investigation committees, Weapon Project Teams, Nuclear Explosive Safety evaluations at Pantex).

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

  • Identify mechanical, electrical, and other hazardous forms of energy through detailed analysis of designs
  • Create and document technical justifications and rationale
  • Identify the safe operating environment for hazardous components
  • Develop technical subject matter expertise while working closely with peers at Sandia, Los Alamos, Pantex and Lawrence Livermore National Labs
  • Assess electro-mechanical component design, analysis and production
  • Assess electrical circuit design and analysis (e.g., power electronics, micro-electronics, integrated circuits)
  • Perform hazards/safety/failure analysis (e.g., fault tree analysis, failure modes and effects analysis)
  • Understand nuclear weapon design, analysis, or testing, particularly with respect to nuclear safety
  • Evaluate explosives and explosive safety

This position could require travel to Pantex (TX), LANL (NM), LLNL (CA), and KCNSC (MO).Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline plus five years of experience;orMaster’s Degree in a relevant discipline plus two years of experience;orPhD; or twelve or more years relevant experience in lieu of degrees.
  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing

Desired:

  • A dedication to support our unique nuclear weapon mission
  • A breadth of technical knowledge and the ability to be resourceful when solving deeply complex technical problems
  • Proven ability to work within a multi-disciplinary, teaming environment
  • Effective communication and interaction with multiple levels of personnel in the Nuclear Security Enterprise
  • A desire to continuously learn and improve

Department Description:

The Nuclear Safety Assessment Department is responsible for providing independent assessments for nuclear weapon safety activities at the Laboratories. This includes the assessment of current and future safety components, subsystems, systems, ancillary equipment, testers, training, and operations in terms of modern requirements and safety standards. Also included is the training and managing of the Sandia members of the NNSA Nuclear Explosive Safety Study team and the Sandia technical experts on the DoD Nuclear Weapon Safety Study Group. This department is the liaison to NNSA for existing nuclear explosive safety orders, standards, and implementation plans. The Department also provides nuclear safety experts to the Accident Response Group.

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: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.

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.