Job Information

Sandia National Laboratories R&D Systems Research Analyst (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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an experienced mid-career national security professional with expertise in Middle East and/or South Asia regional security to join a dynamic team!

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

  • Lead a portfolio of regional security projects to include conducting open source and internal research and analysis

  • Convene public and private seminars, workshops, and Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues

  • Host international fellows and visits at SNL; and designing and implementing trainings, wargames, and table-top exercises

  • Create publications and participate in speaking engagements

  • Provide occasional lectures at the University of New Mexico

  • Travel as required to domestic and international destinations

    At SNL, the individual will work closely with staff and resources of the Cooperative Monitoring Center (, furthering its mission to use cooperative, technically informed international engagement to bolster global security in the 21st century.

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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's degree in science, engineering, law, the social sciences or humanities plus one (1) year of experience, or a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus five (5) years' experience, or thirteen (13) years' experience

  • Experience with regional security issue sets, especially chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, cyber, conventional missiles, dual-use technologies, deterrence, escalation control, arms control, risk reduction, and cooperative security.

  • Ability to bridge technical and policy sides of security issues to build a better understanding between external partners/audiences

  • Previous experience working in or leading cross-disciplinary teams

  • Experience designing, planning, and carrying out research and analysis projects

  • Ability to seek, maintain, and grow USG and US military customer relationships (including ability to write funding proposals) and US and international partner relationships (e.g., think tanks, universities)

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Recognized regional expertise in South Asia or Middle East security issues

  • Strong project management, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  • Leadership experience in international affairs and/or security studies

  • Experience designing, planning, and leading execution of projects and programming including managing budgets and teams

  • Experience interacting and working with foreign national partners

  • Love for learning and the ability to innovate in the face of shifting resources, bureaucratic hurdles, U.S. policy priorities, and global political conditions

  • Extensive professional and/or personal international travel experience

  • Publication record in international affairs and/or security studies

  • Expertise or experience designing and implementing table top exercises/wargames

  • Language skills useful in South Asia or the Middle East

About Our Team:

Since its founding at Sandia National Laboratories in 1994, the CMC has used cutting-edge science, engineering, and technology to build cooperative engagements around the world to strengthen international security. The CMC highlights the importance of science-driven collaboration for international peace and stability in the 21st century by providing a venue in which experts from around the world can explore the use of shareable, unclassified technology and research to: Implement Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and monitor compliance with treaties or other agreements. The CMC offers facilities, subject matter expertise, and partnerships that enable all stages of international technical cooperation. These include: analyzing security issues and developing options for implementing solutions; training on methods, technologies, and procedures; testing and evaluating technical approaches; and implementing and operating technical measures.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 683484