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

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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 significant issues and challenges for our nation's security?

We are seeking talented, passionate individuals who work well with teams, are motivated by contributing to the national security mission, and have interest supporting projects and teams to deliver advanced technologies to OGA partners to achieve impactful, relevant national security mission goals. Departments 5973/5974/5977/5979 partner with each other and matrix with other Sandia organizations to tackle the full system lifecycle of a technical project from concept, design, and fabrication to development testing, performance verification and support of delivered products. There are Systems Engineering needs across a broad range of deliverables. The successful candidate may fill a position in one of four departments – 5973/5974/5977/5979 – depending on their strengths, experience and program needs. Leadership and travel opportunities are available, as well as engagement and collaboration to build strategic sponsor partnerships.

We are seeking outstanding Systems Engineers to join our multidisciplinary team to:

  • Team with design, product and test engineers, as well as analysts, to design, develop and build complex sensor systems focused on radiation detection and other sensors for a diverse set of national security needs
  • Provide decision insight to customers in ill-defined or complex multi-domain problem areas by applying critical thinking, using a diversity of technical skills and expertise, and effectively communicating to explain options and trade-offs
  • Communicate results in concise, complex reports, in person, or electronically to a diverse customer set at Sandia, in the Intelligence Community, and with other mission partners
  • Interact daily with staff in collaborating departments and with US Government strategic partners
  • Interact with the R&D community in the development and implementation of innovative sensing technologies and algorithms
  • Apply systems engineering through multiple phases of a project (system conceptualization through deployment).
  • Execute and deliver technical work products with application of appropriate rigor and pedigree documentation (design reviews, technical oversight/approvals, project team concurrence, artifact generation, etc.).
  • Lead and support the design, development, and qualification of complex test systems including performing integration and test planning/execution, to verify requirements are met
  • Lead and engage in the development of system or subsystem level requirements
  • Perform functional decomposition of requirements and allocation to subsystems and modules
  • Implement and oversee the maintenance of requirements management and tracking tools and approaches with evolving design processes
  • Conduct technical tradeoff analyses to inform requirements and technical decisions and evaluate change impact
  • Lead qualification of a system (lead requirements mapping, developing test plans, and reviewing/analyzing test data to verify requirements are met)
  • Develop system architectures with alignment/traceability between requirements and resulting design to ensure adequate understanding and description of system
  • Ensure control of the integrity and quality of the system through interface, risk, and configuration management activities
  • Develop and execute processes to facilitate systems engineering practices and principles and ensure understanding of a system approach to project execution
  • This position requires periodic travel

Note: To be considered for this position, all candidates must submit a current resume.

Required:

  • You possess a Bachelor’s and Advanced (Master’s or PhD) degree in relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline; OR a Bachelor’s in STEM and four years of relevant experience
  • Your background includes two or more years’ experience as a Systems Engineer for technical projects
  • You have a current DOE Q clearance or a DOD equivalent and the ability to satisfy SCI access which may require a polygraph

Desired:

Ideally, your background would also include:

  • Broad experience in applying analytical methods for Strategic Partnering Program (SPP) and Strategic Partnering Intelligence Program (SIPP) projects
  • Ability to solve complex problems in the absence of clear direction (experience in ambiguous environments)
  • Degree in systems engineering and demonstrated use and application of systems engineering principles throughout the full systems engineering life cycle
  • Experience in the development of requirements including development of derived requirements;
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to exercise systems thinking in a program/project setting in order to apply a holistic approach of considering the “big picture” and broadening the perspective for analyzing a problem and identifying solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to improve on lacking knowledge areas, while exercising appropriate level of independence
  • Experience with commonly used systems engineering modeling and design tools (Genesys, Magic Draw, etc.)
  • Prior project management or leadership experience
  • Ability to work on cross-organizational/multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated experience, training and knowledge in/of the following: radiation sensing technologies, materials for radiation detection, sensor electronics, signal processing methods, algorithm development for signature identification
  • Familiarity with radiation sensing, imaging or other sensing technologies
  • Experience in designing to withstand harsh environments and execution of environmental testing
  • Ability to work closely with customers and suppliers to define expectations and mutual responsibilities.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask with competing priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to implement high-quality standards while establishing and maintaining effective and productive relationships with internal and external partners at all experience and authority levels
  • Active SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Threat Intelligence Center enables the national security missions of the defense and intelligence communities to reduce threats to our nation by applying engineering expertise to develop solutions to some of the nation’s most challenging technical problems. The Tailored Operational Support Group (5970) conducts research, development, engineering and analysis for SPP/SIPP sponsors. The group is involved in the program management and development of technologies as part of the Threat Intelligence Center at Sandia. We provide research, design and development of innovative technologies and sensing systems and technical assessments complemented by intelligence-based analysis. Our teams are diverse technically and reach out to an extended network at the laboratories to address and assess critical national security issues with a multi-disciplinary approach. The departments in Group 5970 tackle a variety of technical projects from concept, to sponsor training, delivery and support of products.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a SCI security clearance.

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship and SCI clearance, which may require a polygraph test.

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 the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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.

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