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R&D Systems Engineering (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688808

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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:

Are you passionate about working in a high functioning, inter-disciplinary collaborative team in engineering? If so, join our team! We are seeking a highly-motivated, professional R&D Systems Engineer to join the Sandia Production team.

The Sandia Production team has mission responsibility for the production of technically complex, high reliability components in support of the nation’s nuclear deterrence (ND) strategy. The organization leads the negotiation and communication of production engineering requirements with ND customers and next-assembly NSE agencies: NNSA, Navy, and Air Force, Kansas City, Savannah River, Los Alamos, and Pantex. You will use knowledge of design and production engineering to be the primary representative for several ND technologies. This position offers significant opportunities to understand the inner workings of the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), ND weapon programs, and Sandia mission-based technologies.

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

  • Serve as the primary representative to several ND component teams for ND modernization and stockpile programs through the negotiation, management, and delivery of production requirements for several technologies.

  • Establish positive relationships and collaborate with multi-functional teams including ND Systems, ND Production Realization teams (PRTs), and next-assembly NSE agencies.

  • Understand the components and production processes for multiple technologies.

  • Guide PRTs in meeting production requirements through the product lifecycle.

  • Initiate, develop, and execute systems and processes while applying engineering judgment on several technologies.

*This position is eligible for PT telecommuting, but also needs to be able to work onsite. The selected applicant must live within a reasonable distance for commuting to the assigned work location when necessary.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelors in a STEM field plus 5 years of related experience or Masters in a STEM field and at least one year of relevant experience.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE-Q- clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with leading projects or programs through the Nuclear Deterrence system engineering lifecycle.

  • Detailed knowledge of and experience with designing and/or manufacturing systems, subsystems, or components.

  • Self-motivated to identify and implement productivity improvements.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementing Sandia policies impacting design, development, and production activities and projects.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a passion and talent for encouraging constructive working relationships with our customers and partners.

  • Demonstrated ability in anticipating customer and partner needs.

  • Strong oral, written, presentation, and negotiation skills and ability to work effectively in diverse team environments.

About Our Team:

The Component Science, Engineering, and Production Organization (7500), is responsible for the research, design, qualification, production, and surveillance of over one hundred products across three product lines: power sources, explosives, and neutron generators. Our products support both Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Partnership Program customers. Our workforce is second to none, and our culture of continuous improvement ensures that we will be even more capable tomorrow than we are today.

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:

Sandia is required by DOE 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 obtain and 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: 688808

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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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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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