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R&D Systems Engineer Lead for Large-scale Geophysical Monitoring Programs (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693020

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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 seek an experienced engineer to lead the systems engineering (SE) team supporting multi-institutional, large-scale, field-experiments. These experiments support research aimed at enhancing our nation’s capabilities for monitoring underground nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. This role will offer opportunities to explore the full systems engineering life-cycle and collaborate with large, multi-disciplinary teams, and over time, take on project leadership and project management roles.

Over time, there may be opportunity to work with cross-disciplinary teams to identify and conceptually develop new technical work within Sandia’s mission areas. In this role, you will be responsible for increasing the impact and standing of these programs by producing high-quality results and performing work according to Sandia values.

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

  • Lead a team to successfully meet project performance outcomes, including technical development of experiment requirements, interface documents, and development/execution verification activities.

  • Analyze, distill, and communicate salient information to the project team and key partners.

  • Develop and manage the resources, schedule, and budget to meet project goals.

  • Plan and coordinate with cross-organizational teams of scientists and engineers to negotiate and define system requirements.

  • Mentor less experienced systems engineers.

  • Represent Sandia within the multi-laboratory leadership team.

  • Effectively collaborate with people of different backgrounds and working styles.

  • Tailor systems engineering principles to fit the appropriate rigor of the experiment to address the risks and needs.

    Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite. This position will require moderate travel (25%) for program meetings, conferences, and to perform SE activities on-site.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s Degree in relevant STEM degree plus 4 years of relevant technical experience; or a bachelor’s degree in stated fields plus 8 years of relevant technical experience.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience (team member or lead) in integrating complex systems or experiments.

  • Systems Engineering certification.

  • Experience mapping scientific goals to technical requirements.

  • Experience integrating requirements designed by multiple domain experts.

  • Experience executing off-site field work.

  • Experience performing systems engineering activities such as generating system requirements, interface definitions, and/or verification activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both individually and as a team member.

  • Experience with requirements management tools, such as DOORS.

  • Strong organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills.

  • Current clearance (DOE or DOD).

About Our Team:

The Geophysical Detection Technology R&D department performs geophysical monitoring research and development in support of Sandia's mission as a national security laboratory. The team's geophysics expertise addresses challenges surrounding ground-based nuclear detonation detection through next-generation algorithms exploiting multi-phenomenological data, advanced sensor technologies, and demonstration experiments.

We have a broad range of expertise in field seismology, subsurface characterization, seismo-acoustic and infrasound modeling; evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems; and the processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. Technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab and field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia's resource for ground-based monitoring expertise, partnering with departments across the labs to integrate multiple types of data-including optical, seismic, electromagnetic, infrasound, atmospheric, radionuclide-to address broad national security needs.

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: 693020

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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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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
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