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


We are seeking a R&D S&E, Systems Engineer who is looking for an opportunity to positively impact the nation’s nuclear deterrent as well as join an engaging team driven to ensure the safety, security, and reliability and effectiveness of the US nuclear weapon stockpile.

In this role, you will assess planned and realized test programs as they pertain to the evaluation of US nuclear weapons. Sandia and the nation will look to you to provide an independent and unbiased informed appraisal of the adequacy of US nuclear stockpile stewardship. This role involves working with multiple integrated teams to ensure the integrity of data and information upon which decisions are made regarding the nuclear weapon stockpile. Moderate travel to locations such as Pantex (TX), SNL/CA, and KCNSC (MO) is possible.

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

  • Prepare and present portions of independent assessments for the annual State of the Stockpile report,
  • Represent test and evaluation perspectives on Weapon Assessment Teams (WATs) to assess nuclear weapon safety, security, reliability, quality and data/information for each stockpile and development weapon system,
  • Participate as core members of Significant Finding Investigation teams to understand root cause and analyze implications of potential defects,
  • Help improve test and evaluation program guidance, processes, metrics, and information management tools, and
  • Develop written technical assessments or white papers for community consideration.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline plus five years of technical experience; or
  • Master’s Degree in relevant discipline plus two years of technical experience; or
  • PhD in a relevant discipline; or
  • Twelve years of relevant experience in lieu of degrees
  • Ability to participate as requested in random polygraph testing


  • The dedication to support Sandia’s unique nuclear weapon mission
  • A breadth of technical knowledge to facilitate solving ill-defined and complex technical problems
  • Strong judicious and discerning critical thinking skills
  • Proven ability to work both independently and within a multi-disciplinary, teaming environment
  • Effective communication and interaction with multiple levels of personnel and management
  • A desire to continuously learn and improve

Department Description:

Surveillance Assessment Engineers (SAEs) work to assess and inform regarding the integrity of data used for assertions regarding the state of the nuclear weapons stockpile, provide independent views of the effectiveness of the weapons test program over the life cycle, and help ensure appropriate information is available to allow accurate stockpile surety assessments today and into the future. We engage the design, surveillance, and assessment organizations in the planning and implementation of surveillance testing and data analysis, and the evaluation and resolution of stockpile anomalies. We perform analyses and special studies related to assessment requirements and to the performance and effectiveness of the surveillance program throughout the design-to-retirement life cycle of a weapon. SAEs serve as core team members on all Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs), and Weapon Assessment Teams (WATs). The Surveillance Assessment department is a part of the Independent Surety Assessment Group (9410) that provides an independent objective analysis about the surety status of the stockpile to inform decisions of the Sandia nuclear deterrence community and management, which includes annual direct reporting to the Lab Director.

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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*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.