Sandia National Laboratories R&D, Systems Engineering (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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

  • Utilize knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures to strengthen the overall capability of foreign governments to detect, deter and interdict illicit trafficking of special nuclear and radioactive materials across international borders.
  • Develop requirements for physical security, systems engineering, systems test, and evaluation associated with the installation of radiation detection systems.
  • Assist in developing and demonstrating concepts of operations for existing counter smuggling activities as well as future seaport and border security efforts.
  • Travel to international countries (sometimes high-risk) to evaluate the health of deployed radiation detection equipment in

Travel to international countries, some of which are high-risk, at least 20% of time is part of this position.


  • Master’s degree in a scientific field such as systems engineering, computer science, or a related STEM field OR Master’s degree plus one or more years’ equivalent experience and demonstrated capability.
  • Experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to configure and install hardware and software.
  • Experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the ability to evaluate and understand threat and risk analyses associated with domain and situational awareness.


  • Master’s degree in a scientific field such as systems engineering, computer science, or a related STEM field.
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills, including strong written, interpersonal, and formal briefing capabilities, particularly within international settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment in decision-making and possess strong teaming abilities.
  • Evidence of the ability to contribute within team environments and in conjunction with diverse collaborators.

Department Description:

The Secure Commerce and Border Systems Department (6813) provides systems engineering expertise to ensure the successful implementation of programs and projects that further critical national security missions in support of multiple National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) efforts. The department stewards Division 6000 capabilities applied to vital missions across the International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit (PMU). The department's expertise is applied across the entire life-cycle of high-value asset security systems engineering program execution ¿ spanning planning, definition, research, development, analysis, implementation, control, and testing of systems and their components - ultimately delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce global proliferation and terrorism risks.

Our current portfolio focuses on strengthening the global capability to deter, detect, and interdict illicit nuclear and radiological material crossing international borders, including airports, seaports, and land crossings. We work closely with NNSA, other national laboratories, domestic and foreign industry, facility operators, and foreign government officials. The department's key role is to lead systems engineering and integration activities to develop and deploy effective radiation detection systems at selected international border locations, and to perform systems-level acceptance testing. The department also leads and partners with other organizations at SNL to perform research and development for the Borders and Maritime Security subprogram in support of the Department of Homeland on a wide variety of topics. These topics include researching, developing, and implementing solutions to cargo security problems; optimizing operations at ports of entry; building, testing and implementing new methods and simulation tools to assess systems-level risk and evaluate the effectiveness of border and near-coastal security systems; enhancing situational awareness and guiding tactical operations and technology deployments; building new tools for detecting, tracking, and interdicting illegal border crossers; and supporting analyses for domestic nuclear detection efforts.

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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

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

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.

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.