Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
We are seeking a R&D Systems Engineer
Is this position a good fit for you?
- Do you like to bring people together to solve hard problems?
- Do you enjoy the system level point of view and how all the pieces come together?
- Do you want to work on a high consequence system?
- Then join the GMS team…
The United States Geophysical Monitoring System (US GMS) project is a large-scale re-development effort to redesign the US GMS for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC). Sandia has worked with AFTAC to define requirements and architectural design for the modernized system leveraging COTS, web technology and agile development methods. We are seeking an R&D Systems Engineer to work with software teams through development and delivery using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) methodology. We are looking for someone who has experience as a systems engineer on software development projects. This project has both high impact and visibility.
GMS is a critical element of the US government nuclear test treaty monitoring program. It provides data acquisition, analysis, and reporting to detect and characterize nuclear detonations within the Earth or at low altitudes based on data from networks of ground-based sensors covering three waveform technologies: seismic, infrasonic, and hydroacoustic.
This position will also support the International Data Center (IDC) as it is a variant of GMS. The IDC will be deployed to Vienna, Austria. We will be working with both the US and international customers to ensure the systems meet requirements and delivered and integrated into their operational setting.
On any given day you may be called on to:
- Develop and manage system and subsystem requirements with particular attention to traceability, technical rationale, allocation and flow-down, and verification methods/strategies
- Identify requirement changes and potential tradeoffs and work with external customers to resolve requirement issues
- Drive the accurate capture, dissemination, and tracebility of requirements and verification documentation
- Ensure that the impact of proposed changes is understood and the derivation of requirements is defensible and coordinated
- Assist Product Management with defining project features, dependencies, and critical paths
- Help coordinates development, testing, and acceptance activities
- Participate directly in agile development process by communicating allocated requirements, solution intent and acceptance criteria to software development teams
- Brief external customers on system design, requirements verification, deliverables and integration testing efforts
- Interface with customer system engineers and testers to successfully complete system sell-off and transition to operation
Engage on the deployment process for GMS and IDC with the team and customers.
This position has exciting growth opportunities and is an integral part of the successful delivery of our systems. This position will also include a variety of interactions across the program, including coordination with partner organizations and external interaction with the SNL program office and our customer as well as the international community. In this role, there is significant opportunity for leadership development, and the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to engage in leadership development activities both independently and as part of the larger team.
Some domestic and international travel may be required to support program needs.
- Requires a bachelor's and master's degree in relevant STEM discipline plus entry level experience. The requirement for a STEM master's degree can be waived for candidates with a bachelor's in a relevant STEM discipline and engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
- Experience with generating system requirements, top-level functional designs with requirements flowdown, interface definitions, verification and validation activities and production of project documentation
- Experience with designing, planning, and executing research, design, and development projects
- Ability to obtain an SCI clearance
- Demonstrated strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
- Experience with Agile development methodologies
- Experience with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
- Experience with Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools (e.g. IBM Jazz/Rational tools)
- Experience developing mission critical data processing and analysis systems
- Department of Energy (DOE)-granted Q-level security clearance
- Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
- Ability to work with various disciplines across multiple development subteams
- Strong organizational skills
- Position will require occasional travel
- Successful candidates will need to be self-directed, organized, and be able to work independently as well as in a large team environment.
- The ability to handle multiple tasks and handle competing priorities
- Strong customer-focus and proactive response to questions/requests with demonstrated exceptional follow through
- A current or recent SCI clearance
The Next Generation Systems (NGS) System Engineering & Integrated Solutions department (org 6365) is a multi-disciplinary organization that takes a system from requirements through development environments, CI pipelines, testing to successful deployment. The team performs research & development of modern technologies and methodologies to ensure the successful delivery on our customer commitments. Our primary mission area is the US and International nuclear monitoring and non-proliferation mission. Our work ranges from prototyping innovative solutions to the deployment of operational data processing systems. Our capabilities include system engineering, software development, computer platform architectures, development environments, continuous integration, virtualization, system integration & testing, and deployment. We blend art & science to find creative solutions. We strive to think outside the box in our development efforts to advance the state of the art in support of the monitoring missions.
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.
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.
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT