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


We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Systems Engineer.

Are you someone who thrives in a team environment, thinks about improving National Security, likes finding flaws in systems and is passionate about securing our nuclear deterrence? If so, consider applying for this R&D Systems Engineer role. In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team dedicated to advancing the security of the nation’s nuclear deterrence supporting various Nuclear Enterprise Assurance (NEA) and Use Control (UC) implementation efforts for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) programs. This position consists of developing, communicating and implementing secure system solutions to future threats and operational needs. This includes development and/or clarification of requirements, creating alternate test methods, resilient functions and analysis of data for design performance to enhance system security and integrity. Your work will also include developing, planning, implementing, and guiding trust and use control investigations that will aid understanding of stockpile security and drive future decisions on security realization work. This work involves understanding aspects of vulnerability analysis and driving assurance activities throughout the nuclear weapons program. You will be part of a tightly integrated team working to advance the science and theory of secure systems across all phases of the ND lifecycle. You will partner with multi-disciplinary SME’s across Sandia, the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), NNSA, DoD, and the Intelligence community, to mature NEA and UC approaches, and develop a defensible technical basis for the resulting product. Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, accuracy in documentation and responsiveness are necessary to successfully accomplish assigned responsibilities. You will need to communicate program status and engineering data to customers and Sandia management, interact with diverse teams, be committed to engineering excellence, continuous improvement, and remain objective during periods of ambiguity or when confronted with competing programmatic constraints. This position offers the opportunity to learn, develop and experience the big picture of secure systems engineering across Sandia and the NNSA enterprise.

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

  • Lead and support various NEA and UC implementation efforts across the ND lifecycle
  • Partner with System and Component teams on existing and future weapon systems
  • Conduct studies and analyze system performance in malicious environments
  • Provide technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks
  • Support the development of system and component requirements for NEA and UC
  • Collaborate with ND Trust Engineers, Quality Engineers, CI and IC and the broader NEA community
  • Assess, plan, and report progress relative to program plans


  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a STEM related field plus 5 years of relevant experience
  • Active DOE Q or DOD Top Secret security clearance


  • Experience with secure-system design principles, assurance methods and reverse engineering
  • Experience with NW component or system design, development, qualification, production, and/or surveillance.
  • Experience in system engineering of complex systems and ability to work with a diverse set of technologies.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in an environment with dynamic conditions, competing priorities, and firm deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and independently, with an ability to effectively communicate and work with various technical disciplines
  • Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable with a desire to learn new skills and develop expertise in areas that may be unfamiliar or undefined
  • Familiarity with the following:

  • Analysis tools (e.g. vulnerability assessments, fault tree analysis, FMEA)

  • NEA and Use Control processes/systems
  • Counterintelligence and Intelligence means and methods
  • Physical Security Systems
  • Risk/Issue Management
  • Requirements Engineering and Verification Techniques

Department Description:

Department 2446, Assured Weapons Systems, is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing secure system solutions to future threats and operational needs for the existing and future US Nuclear Stockpile systems. We collaborate with intelligence communities to be risk informed and seek integrated solutions for secure systems. We develop and deliver innovative tools and techniques by partnering with multi-disciplinary SME’s across Sandia, the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), NNSA, and DoD to advance the science and theory of secure systems across all phases of the ND lifecycle. We are also responsible for the NEA ND strategy that integrates NEA elements throughout the lifecycle, similar to nuclear safety and reliability, while establishing the discipline of trust and NEA program.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.

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:

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.