Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer - PRT Lead Safeguards Compatibility Retrofit (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking an experienced Systems Engineer to join our diverse team. You will become the Product Realization Team (PRT) lead of the Safeguards Transporter (SGT) Compatibility Retrofit (SCR) team.

You will lead the PRT tasked with the development of a system that will enhance the use control of weapons systems under transport. These surety enhancements are part of the Integration Surety Architecture (ISA) portfolio of capabilities and are essential to the security of our nation’s critical strategic assets.

You will lead the hardware PRT to ensure that there is a seamless transition between the release of design definition (Complete Engineering Release) and the realization of product by the Kansas City National Security Complex (KCNSC) New Mexico Operations (NMO) team. You will provide key design agency technical expertise to the production agency. You will have a passion for production engineering, assembly, integration and test activities of a high-consequence national security system.

In addition to your role as the PRT lead, you will be the lead for external Concept of Operations (ConOps) development for the SCR system. You will collaborate with stakeholders including NNSA and DoD partners to work through ConOps decisions. This position will also work with Military Liaison and additional partners to codify the ConOps into procedures for multiple sites as well as coordinate and lead training events in support of the program.

On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Direct a team to be sure that mechanical hardware, electronics boards and assemblies, cables, connectors, and antennas are procured per established Sandia and KCNSC processes
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the procurement, assembly, integration, and test of SCR components into the Safeguards Transporter Operational Fleet
  • Work with a broad range of technologies including analog & digital electronics, lasers & optics, software & firmware development, and testers
  • Integrate with the various teams to ensure quality and product acceptance requirements are met
  • Manage project work within cost and schedule constraints
  • Lead the ConOps development with external partners including OST, Pantex, NNSA, and DoD
  • Brief project cost, work, risks and technical issues to NNSA customers and internal/external partners
  • Work in an exciting and fast-paced environment where you can make a visible impact on the national security posture of the United States

Occasional travel is necessary.


  • You possess an undergraduate and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Production Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or other related field plus 2 or more years of related experience; a bachelor's degree (in one of the above-named fields) plus 6 or more years of related experience) may also be considered
  • Your background includes experience leading a technical team in a product realization role
  • Your skillset includes experience engaging external partners and customers to ensure mission success


Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Experience in test and integration of electronic systems
  • Electronics or Mechanical design experience
  • A great teammate capable of handling multiple assignments, with strong customer focus and excellent oral and written interpersonal skills
  • Ability and interest to learn new technologies

Department Description:

The Communications and Electrical Systems Technology Department (6622) guides the design of communication, electronic, and software systems; enhancing security of weapons systems and special nuclear material during transportation. The department serves the needs of customers from the NNSA Office of Secure Transportation (OST) and Nuclear Stockpile Management. The department specializes in technical solutions for the Safeguards Transporter (SGT) and Mobile Guardian Transporter (MGT) projects with a focus on detecting, assessing, and rapidly responding to design basis threats. A current focus area for the department is developing of systems enabling Integration Surety Architecture (ISA) capabilities in the SGT and MGT. The department's efforts ensure the security of our nation's critical strategic assets during transportation.

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*

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Security Clearance:

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

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

Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 must be able to 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, disability, or veteran status.