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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineering (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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.


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We are seeking a R&D S&E, Systems Engineering.

Are you looking for an opportunity to positively impact the nation’s nuclear deterrent? Do you want to join a highly skilled and diverse team driven to advise the safety, security, reliability, and efficiency of the US nuclear weapon stockpile? Organization 00535, Surveillance Assessment, is currently seeking an experienced R&D Systems Engineer to own the assessment of planned and realized test programs as they pertain to the evaluation of the US nuclear deterrent!

The selected candidate will engage a wide community, including the systems, components, surveillance, tester, and fellow Independent Technical Assessment (ITA) organizations.

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

  • Lead a multidisciplinary team to review the technical basis for nuclear weapons in development and the current stockpile to advise the Lab Director as to the current state of safety, security, and reliability of the stockpile

  • Lead multidisciplinary cross cutting technical investigations

  • Understand the root cause and analyze the implications of potential defects identified through stockpile evaluation test results

  • Mentor team members to grow their leadership and nuclear weapon knowledge

  • Represent the surveillance perspective on Weapon Assessment Teams (WAT) to assess nuclear weapon safety, security, and reliability using surveillance information for each stockpile and development weapon system

  • Contribute as a core member of Significant Finding Investigation (SFI) teams to understand root cause and analyze implications of potential defects

  • Develop written technical assessments or position papers and present to management

  • Contribute to and potentially present at the annual State of the Stockpile (SotS) briefing

  • Help improve surveillance assessment program guidance, processes, metrics, and information management tools

This position requires occasional travel to locations such as Amarillo TX, Livermore CA, and Kansas City MO.


  • A Master's degree in a relevant STEM field plus 5 years related work experience; or a PhD in a relevant STEM field plus 1 year related experience

  • The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q Level clearance and acquire a Sigma 14/15 access which includes participation as requested in random polygraph testing


  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Excellent and proven communication skills (oral and written)

  • Proven ability to optimally work independently and on multidisciplinary teams

  • Broad technical knowledge and resourcefulness when solving deeply complex technical problems

  • Proven critical analysis skills with attention to detail

  • The ability to lead in-depth technical studies considering a diverse set of technical issues

  • Experience or familiarity within the nuclear weapons (NW) complex, lifecycle, and design

  • Experience in definition of test objectives and requirements, test implementation, and application of test analysis methods

  • A desire to continuously learn and improve

    Department Description:

Surveillance Assessment Engineers (SAEs) work to assess and inform regarding the integrity of data used for assertions regarding the state of the nuclear weapons stockpile, provide independent views of the effectiveness of the weapons test program over the life cycle, and help ensure appropriate information is available to allow accurate stockpile surety assessments today and into the future. We engage the design, surveillance, and assessment organizations in the planning and implementation of surveillance testing and data analysis, and the evaluation and resolution of stockpile anomalies. We perform analyses and special studies related to assessment requirements and to the performance and effectiveness of the surveillance program throughout the design-to-retirement life cycle of a weapon. SAEs serve as core team members on all Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs), and Weapon Assessment Teams (WATs). The Surveillance Assessment department is a part of the Independent Surety Assessment Group (00530) that provides an independent objective analysis about the surety status of the stockpile to inform decisions of the Sandia nuclear deterrence community and management, which includes annual direct reporting to the Lab Director.

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*

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    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.

EEO Statement:

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: 679553