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R&D Systems Engineer - Global Burst Detector (Experienced) - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693091

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an R&D Systems Engineer to represent the Post Delivery Support (PDS) Lead, providing technical leadership and coordination for the product realization, Space Vehicle (SV) integration and test, and early-on-orbit operation of the Global Burst Detector (GBD). Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

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

  • Use technical judgment to monitor, advise and assist with resolution of technical issues on flight hardware and software work.

  • Product realization including build, integration, and test of both SNL and LANL subsystems into a satellite payload system.

  • Support technical and program surveillance for integration of the GBD payload onto the Block IIIF platforms, which include coordination with engineering and program representatives at SV Prime contractor site.

  • Provide the programmatic interface for the NNSA laboratory established at SV Prime contractor site.

  • Support payload integration to the space vehicle and associated SV/GBD test activities and resources.

  • Complete pre-launch processing and early on-orbit testing to ensure performance prior to becoming an operational asset.

  • Provide the communication interface between GBD Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) team, SNL representative located at the SV Prime contractor site, and GBD project office.

  • Interface programmatically, both formal and informal, with the customer, LANL and a variety of external partners.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite with an option for occasional work from home. Some travel is required for this position.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant STEM field plus one-year relevant experience; or bachelor's degree in a STEM field plus five years' relevant experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, detail oriented with a keen focus on customer service

  • Experience prioritizing and balancing competing activities, as well as working with varying degrees of ambiguity.

  • Several years of experience on large multi-organizational projects, with an emphasis on satellite or other aerospace projects.

  • Experience with both military payload development projects and research and development payloads.

  • Self-motivated, positive, individual comfortable working in a diverse, fast-paced, results oriented environment.

  • Experience with realization and delivery of high rigor designs.

  • Active DOE L or Q clearance, or DoD equivalent.

About Our Team:

We perform key test and post-delivery activities with a focus on the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System’s (USNDS) Global Burst Detector (GBD) Space Segment. GBD payloads have a long association with Global Positioning System (GPS) host satellites and contribute to a diverse national capability for the detection of nuclear detonation.

We lead the integration and test (I&T) of GBD hardware in Albuquerque and support the payload I&T at satellite vehicle factories and launch sites. Our space flight function is conducted in unison with ground systems engineering and the mission user community. The department staffs and manages one of the major satellite environmental test facilities: TVAC. The Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) Facility has a comprehensive suite of chambers that simulate the temperatures and high altitudes, of a space environment, characterizing designs and assessing payload space flight survivability.

Posting Duration:

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.

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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 693091

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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