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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineer - W87-1 Trainers PRT Lead (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100 *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:

We are seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer R&D Science and Engineering to join the W87-1 JTA and Trainer Engineering Team as the Trainers Product Realization Team (PRT) Lead. The selected candidate will join department 2365 for the W87-1 Trainer Systems. The successful candidate will be capable of solving complex, multi-disciplinary technical and programmatic challenges as part of our W87-1 Weapon System Engineering. Our team partners across the laboratories with the W87-1 systems organizations in 8250, component organizations, and testing and analysis organizations. The department also teams with external Nuclear Security Enterprise sites and customers including LLNL, KCNSC, Pantex, and NNSA and the USAF.

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

  • Brief PRT progress, deliverables and challenges to SNL Management, NNSA, and USAF

  • Lead interdisciplinary teams in solving high-profile technical challenges

  • Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute complex system level environmental and functional tests

  • Perform system design, troubleshooting, and anomaly resolution

  • Analyze test data and system performance against design requirements

  • Design system architecture and system owned components of Trainer systems.

  • Work across the systems teams (eg. design, requirements, qualification, etc.) to perform system integration tasks or work towards resolution of issues and reduction of risk

  • Author documents, procedures and requirements for subsystem and system level deliverables

  • Interact with partner organizations within Sandia and across external partners, such as PX, DOD/USAF, NNSA, KCNSC, LLNL, and others

  • Team with others to understand status or issues, document lessons learned, and execute deliverables to meet customer requirements

  • Support trainer build procedures and processes at SNL, PX, and USAF

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field from an ABET accredited program plus (8) or more years of experience, or equivalent engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance

  • Higher degree (MS, PhD) in relevant discipline

  • Working knowledge of nuclear deterrence programs and processes

  • Recent experience working on a nuclear weapon modernization program

  • Demonstrated experience effectively networking and partnering with organizations both internal and external to Sandia

  • Demonstrated attention to detail

  • Ability to work collaboratively on cross-organizational/multidisciplinary teams

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with urgency on many competing priorities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to proactively communicate challenging issues

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, to resolve issues and conduct trade-offs to identify system solutions

About Our Team:

The Weapon Systems Engineering Centers (across CA and NM) perform system engineering and systems management for the stewardship of developed nuclear weapons and associated nuclear weapon capabilities. We ensure the safety, security, and reliability of weapons throughout their lifecycle and the development and maintenance of competency through advanced development of new technologies are an essential part of center activities. Department 2365 is responsible for W87-1 product realization for the JTA10, JTA11, Type 3 and Type 5 Trainers.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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: 685796