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R&D Systems Engineer - W80-4 Enhanced Capability Shipping Configuration (ECSC) PRT Lead (Mid-Career/Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688768

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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.

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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Why Join Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence programs? We develop advanced technologies to ensure global peace. Join us in our critical mission to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of our nation's nuclear deterrents!

We are seeking a Product Realization Team (PRT) Lead (job title: R&D Systems Engineer) for the W80-4 Enhanced Capability Shipping Configuration (ECSC). In this role, you’ll lead the realization of components critical to the fielding of the new W80-4 warhead system. The ECSC consists of a weapon agnostic subsystem integrated into the W80-4 shipping configuration to provide over the road security. You'll have an opportunity to partner with engineering and research teams across the broader Nuclear Security Enterprise to design, produce, test, and integrate these products into the broader W80-4 warhead design. You will also work with other groups such as multiple production agencies and vendors, an operations center, multiple interfacing PRTs, the customer (NNSA), and end users (PANTEX and the Air Force).

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

  • Lead a PRT to field high-integrity products, meeting both technical and programmatic requirements

  • Utilize your expertise in engineering to serve as a Subject Matter Expert in areas of design, production, or qualification of components

  • Employ analytical thinking to work through ambiguous problems with a multi-disciplinary team

  • Leverage electrical, mechanical, process, test, and manufacturing engineering skills to identify robust and practical solutions

  • Develop innovative design concepts through requirements negotiation, trade studies, and virtual prototyping

  • Mature designs to a production-ready state through iterative design-build-test cycles and collaboration with the production agency

  • Define test activities that demonstrate robustness in a variety of environments at various levels of assembly

  • Advance new engineering processes to improve the efficiency of product development

  • Mentor and train less experienced engineers

  • Estimate, negotiate, and manage project budgets and schedules using earned value management

  • Present your work to peers, customers, and management in formal and informal settings

This position will offer you substantial opportunity for training, technical mentorship, and work across multiple sites within the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Ability to work on-site at either Livermore, CA or Albuquerque, NM and travel up to 25% is required.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience, plus, (5) or more years of directly related experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job

  • Willingness and ability to travel 25%

  • Active DoE Q, or DoD Top Secret level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in the design, development, qualification, and production of Nuclear Deterrence components

  • Experience leading a multi-disciplinary product team

  • Experience working with NSE laboratories and plants including Pantex, KCNSC, and LLNL and KCNSC/NMO

  • Experience developing or managing project budgets and schedules

  • Familiarity with design engineering including computer aided design/drafting and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes relevant to machined parts, electronics assemblies, cable assemblies, and robust packaging

  • Familiarity with materials characterization and qualification techniques

  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly written reports and deliver well-articulated briefings

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse teams across multiple geographic locations

  • Strong commitment to quality, safety, collaboration, and teamwork

About Our Team:

The W80-4 NM Systems Engineering Team partners with Groups 8240 and 8260 at SNL/CA on W80-4 program scope. This organization supports the Weapon Systems Engineering Centers, which are responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of US nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The organization is comprised of a group of dedicated and motivated technologists and engineers, primarily in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Systems Engineering. The W80-4 program is currently entering into Phase 6.4, Production Engineering.

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). 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 need to 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.


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.

Job ID: 688768

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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