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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineering - Navy Experimental Reentry (NER) Flight Test Programs Lead (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.


We are seeking a high performing R&D Systems Engineer to join the W76-0 & W88 Stockpile Systems Engineering team as a Navy Experimental Reentry (NER) Flight Test Programs Lead to manage the Sandia National Labatorie's (SNL) portions of the Extended Navy Test Bed (ENTB) and Reentry Experiments Development (REDI) programs. This position is managed as part of a Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) Other Federal Agency (OFA). This unique program lead position involves being the SNL point of contact (POC) leading multiple internal technical design and production SNL organizations as well as collaborating with NNSA, LANL, Pantex, KCNSC, and the Navy (including DoD contractors) in managing the ENTB and REDI Flight Test Programs. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and testing of Advanced & Exploratory Systems team efforts on HOT Shot as well as the Next Navy Warhead (NNW). This position is a high visibility job that provides the successful candidate the opportunity to learn the technical details of the W76-1/2 & W88 Alt 370 weapon system function, manage the flight program, and manage the execution of a portion of the REDI Program as a Leadership Team member.

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

  • Partner with DoD contractors such as Lockheed Martin (LM) Space, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Draper Laboratory (DL) and others.

  • Manage the provisioning of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) between DOE and DOD sites.

  • Discuss the details of how the ENTB & REDI Reentry Body (RB) systems and components function (including the Mk4A/Mk4B, and Mk5 Alt 370 variants).

  • Interact with System, Component designers & Tester Engineers developing creative solutions to issues and concerns.

  • Provide direction and manage the development and execution of the REDI RBs as part of the Leadership Team.

  • Solve technical and programmatic problems and be inspired to pursue new and ongoing initiatives to achieve the Navy customer’s goals.

The job requires moderate travel to meet with customers, stakeholders, and partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree AND advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

  • Two years of directly related experience.

  • Experience and knowledge in Systems Engineering.

  • Experience with project management discipline and tools.

  • Active DOE Q-level security clearance


  • Applicable nuclear weapon (NW) experience, including experience with NW systems, components, safety, NW surveillance, and/or advanced nuclear weapons technology.

  • Demonstrated ability to work on challenging engineering problems in a fast-paced collaborative team environment that requires extensive cross-organizational and multi-disciplinary teaming.

  • Experience with SNL NW Product Realization Process and NNSA and Department of Defense (DoD) NW processes.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex electrical, electro-mechanical, nuclear, and/or mechanical systems.

  • Experience interacting with external customers and stakeholders.

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written – clear, concise, and effective.

  • Demonstrated teaming skills.

    Department Description:

The W76-0/W88 Stockpile Systems Engineering team supports the nuclear deterrence mission through annual assessment of the systems’ safety and reliability and providing design agency engineering support for the production agencies. This department partners with organizations across the Laboratory – including other system groups, stockpile surveillance, materials research, science and engineering, and computation modeling and simulation – to design and execute aging, reliability, and safety studies. In addition, this department partners with external stakeholders, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Defense and its contractors, Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus and Pantex production plants, to ensure the continued success of the W76-0/Mk4 and W88/Mk5 missions.

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.

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.