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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Engineering - System Nuclear Safety Assurance (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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a well-qualified, experienced Mechanical Engineer to fulfill a System Nuclear Safety Assurance role within a Research and Development Engineering organization. In this position, you will develop domain expertise in System nuclear detonation safety and component functionality and be an integral part of all phases of the product’s lifecycle. You will apply your expertise to identify safety critical attributes and provide support to teams responsible for the design, development, qualification, and manufacturing of high-consequence products in support of our Nuclear Deterrence mission. You will use available detailed analyses and test data to formulate the technical basis to assure Systems are sufficiently safe to thermal, mechanical, and electrical insults. You will provide guidance and recommendations to Systems teams and Product Realization Teams regarding deviations in production to uphold nuclear safety. In this role, you will regularly partner with peers, System teams, component Product Realization Teams, as well as with specialists across multiple organizations at Sandia and at other sites.

On any given day you could be asked to:

  • Apply system engineering principles to develop requirements and establish requirements traceability

  • Utilize design of experiments to guide testing and simulations to ensure component designs predictably perform as intended throughout the weapon lifetime

  • Drive component development and qualification in support of system assured nuclear safety

  • Evaluate system safety from the response of safety critical components to various environments; understand the full threat space and characterize the system and components to these environments

  • Support multidisciplinary teams with the development and interpretation of analyses and tests that evaluate the effectiveness of safety features; provide technical consultation in alignment with nuclear safety requirements and principles to disposition hardware

  • Lead initiatives to improve Nuclear Safety processes and their implementation

  • Be at the forefront of proposing advanced concepts in the advancement of Nuclear Safety engineering

  • Partner closely with peers at Sandia and Kansas City National Security Campus. On occasion, you will travel to collaborate with stakeholders.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering plus (1) year of experience, or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience with Product Realization Lifecycle

  • Ability to acquire a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience developing requirements using sound system engineering principles

  • Familiarity with nuclear weapon design, analysis, or testing, particularly with respect to nuclear safety

  • Effective communication and interaction with multiple levels of personnel

  • Experience with high visibility roles and technical presentations

  • Experience leading teams

  • Resourceful when solving deeply complex technical problems

  • Desire to continuously learn and improve

  • Knowledge and experience in hazards/safety/failure analysis (e.g., fault tree analysis, failure modes and effects analysis)

  • Excellent planning and prioritization skills

About Our Team:

Weapon Surety Engineering I and II (Nuclear Safety Assurance) are customer-focused organizations that provide engineering and system analysis expertise to ensure a safe deterrent throughout the entire weapon lifecycle. Our engineers develop a deep knowledge in both component and system function to support detailed evaluation and mitigation of potential failure modes. We operate across multiple engineering fields (mechanical, electrical, computer, materials, and systems engineering) with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary capability. The team supports a variety of stockpile systems and is part of the product teams during development, design, and production, as well as supporting advanced concept and exploratory efforts. Our engineers use their extensive component and system knowledge as well as experimental data and modeling to ensure products function as intended with assured safety. Members of our department learn the function of multiple components, how those components integrate within the system and apply surety principles and processes to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and effective U.S. nuclear deterrent.

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.

Salary Range:

*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.

Job ID: 685468