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


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.


Are you looking for an opportunity to join a strong, multidisciplinary team in assessing the technical basis of nuclear weapons development and the current stockpile? Independent weapon assessments are used to advise the Lab Director as to the current state of safety, security, and reliability of the nuclear stockpile systems.

Organization 00534, Product Realization and Engineering Assessment is seeking an R&D Systems Engineer to be a weapon assessment team member. The successful candidate will join a team producing technical assessments of conceptual and realized designs, as well as evaluations to support disposition of stockpile issues as they pertain to the implementation of nuclear weapon design principles. Other activities include fostering interactions with various integrated teams (e.g., Component Product Realization Teams, Significant Finding Investigation committees, Weapon Project Teams), to help in identifying and characterizing potential risks to a robust technical basis. Must be capable of working independently as well as in a team environment. A high degree of ambiguity and complexity intersect when identifying and assessing these systems. Initiative and independent research is necessary to assess how systems or components may respond under various physical, electrical, and environmental conditions. Independent weapon assessment is crucial to ensuring a safe, secure, and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile and is an integral requirement for compliance with annual stockpile review as defined in 50 U.S.C.§ 2525.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Confirm the surety of nuclear weapon systems through independent evaluation and analysis by:

  • Identifying areas of high technical risk

  • Creating and documenting technical assessments and rationale

  • Presenting the results of studies to management

  • Successful Weapon Assessment Engineers will:

  • Demonstrate strong multidisciplinary problem-solving skills

  • Review product documentation

  • Have a high degree of proficiency in foundational science and engineering principles

  • Have a desire to learn complex systems and component engineering production processes

  • Be able to independently review detailed reference documents and identify the salient issues

  • Interact with weapon system, component design, assurance, and other surety organizations

  • Maintain an awareness of issues relating to product design, development, production, maintenance, and dismantlement of Sandia designed weapon and weapon-related products

  • Develop deep technical domain expertise regarding the Nuclear Deterrent (ND) lifecycle

  • Establish and coordinate team activities as needed, such as assessment response reviews, activity planning, and meetings with system teams for assessments or presentation input

  • Connect with Independent Technical Assessment (ITA) and Systems management on resources, priorities, status, and the results of studies

  • Apply engineering principles to evaluate manufacturing and production-related tolerances, defects, and aggregated factors that may affect the performance of components and systems

  • Assess prototype and pilot production of new components or component changes

  • Support manufacturing and quality efforts, as needed, to investigate issues as they relate to manufacturing equipment and processes

  • Assess the adequacy of tests, materials, and components to meet requirements

  • Evaluate the adequacy of procedures, product specifications, and standards

  • Serve as an active participant in programs that promote continuous improvement

This position may include occasional travel to SNL (CA), LANL (NM), LLNL (CA), and KCNSC (MO).


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM field plus (7) years related experience; or a Master’s degree in a relevant STEM field plus (3) years related experience; or a PhD in a relevant STEM field; or equivalent experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance and acquire a Sigma 14/15 access, which includes participation, as requested, in random polygraph testing


  • Experience in nuclear weapon systems and associated processes and tools Design and/or manufacturing engineering experience

  • A high degree of proficiency in foundational science and/or engineering principles

  • Leadership skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • The ability to lead difficult conversations and resolve animosity among teams

  • A dedication to supporting the unique nuclear deterrent mission

  • Broad technical knowledge and resourcefulness when solving deeply sophisticated technical problems

  • A proven track record to work within a multi-disciplinary teaming environment

  • A desire to continuously learn and improve

    Department Description:

The Product Realization & Engineering Assessment (PREA) department coordinates and conducts independent performance-based assessments of activities associated with the design, development, production, maintenance and dismantlement of Sandia designed weapon and weapon-related product. These assessments provide the basis for the long-term continuous improvement of SNL weapon products and processes. The department also provides quality engineering support for non-WR weapon and weapon-related product. The department is a part Independent Technical Assessment program that reports directly to the Deputy Lab Director and provides a context for independent critical thinking about the surety status of the stockpile.

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.

EEO Statement:

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.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

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