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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer (Mid-Career) 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 passionate about your career and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to solve problems and build cutting-edge systems? Do you want to join a dynamic team with a mission to modernize the most complex and critical weapon systems supporting strategic deterrence for the nation? Each day you will leave work knowing you played a part in keeping our country safe and secure. If this motivates you, this position may be for you. We are seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer to join the NM Weapons Systems Engineering Center. The New Mexico Weapon Systems Engineering Center manages modernization for multiple nuclear weapon systems. The Center leads the Laboratories’ New Mexico efforts to develop integrated engineering solutions that maintain weapon system required military effectiveness and reliability while seeking improvements in safety and security. The Center provides systems engineering, integration, qualification, and product realization expertise for nuclear weapon system modernization programs from concept development through initial operating capability. This organization’s current focus is to deliver on time and within budget the B61-12 LEP, W88 ALT 370/940, Mk21 Arming and Fuzing Assembly, W80-4 and the W87-1

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

  • Resolve technical and programmatic design, development, qualification and production challenges in a collaborative manner with multiple internal and external agencies.
  • Demonstrate technical leadership in identifying and managing technical risks.
  • Analyze system performance against requirements.Support the completion of functional and interface component requirements.
  • Update design definition and documentation.Assess, plan, and report progress relative to program plan.
  • Work with systems engineers from multiple Sandia National Labs (SNL), Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), Pantex (PX), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Navy, Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LANL) and Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) organizations to solve technical problems.


  • Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in a STEM from ABET accredited program, plus at least (8) years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to obtain DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Demonstrated effective communication and collaboration skills.
  • Desire and ability to work with urgency and communicate challenging issues with dynamic conditions, competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build and work effectively across technical teams, to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing system engineering processes.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively networking and partnering with organizations both inside and external to Sandia.
  • Ability to represent Sandia to external customers. Experience with DOD or DOE programs.
  • Active US DOE Q-level or DOD Top Secret clearance.
  • Experience in a nuclear weapon system or component organization.

Department Description:

The NM Weapon Systems Engineering Center performs systems engineering and systems management for the stewardship of New Mexico developed nuclear weapons and associated nuclear weapon capabilities. Ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of weapons throughout their life cycle and the development and maintenance of competency through advanced development of new technologies are an essential part of Center activities.

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*

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*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.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.