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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Team Lead, Z Pulsed Power Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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We are seeking a Team Lead to lead the Z Pulsed Power Systems organization! As the team lead you will lead multiple operations teams that are integral to the daily operation of Sandia’s Z Machine. You will have the opportunity to lead daily operations and maintenance of the Z Machine’s pulsed power systems and supporting infrastructure, mentor and train a committed technologist workforce, and help ensure that the Z Experimental Capability Management Group is prepared to support the pulsed power science center’s science and national security mission.

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

  • Manage resources and assignments in partnership with Department Manager and operations team members to ensure:

  • Readiness and personnel availability for Z Machine shot activities

  • Timing and execution of Z Machine preventative maintenance

  • Planning and implementation of operations team member development, training and cross training.

  • Provide regular status to the Department Manager using information developed in collaboration with operations team regarding work activity progress, concerns, and issues in addition to system and/or process areas for improvements.

  • Coordinate support provided to Z machine operations and maintenance in strong partnership with groups 1650 and 1690 in addition to partners form across the center and lab.

  • In collaboration with the 1600 management team,

  • Develop long-term work activity plans for operation procedures, staffing and funding needs.

  • Develop and implement plans to improve system diagnostics and engineering projects.

  • Coordinate machine & equipment enhancements/upgrades in conjunction with Department Manager.

  • Develop timelines for and schedule preventive maintenance of equipment and Z machine systems operated by the Z Machine Infrastructure & Ops Department.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant STEM field and 5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Two years or more of experience with testing, research, and/or development in an operations setting

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance


  • Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia National Laboratories' core values

  • Experience with pulsed power systems

  • Knowledge of Sandia National Laboratories’ Leadership model and demonstration of its principles

  • Experience in work planning and control to execute projects safely and securely

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and complete multiple programs in parallel

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and customer service skills, including the ability to build and manage effective working relationships

  • Ability to mentor employees on tasks and organizational requirements

  • Ability to work with sensitive information and classified matter

    Department Description:

    The Z Machine Infrastructure & Ops Department (01672) is responsible for ensuring that Sandia’s Z Machine is ready and configured to support the nation’s High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) stockpile stewardship and other national security missions as the world’s most powerful pulsed power driver. This team works together to prepare the machine for daily operation according to the requested experiment specifications and ensure that all the pulsed power and supporting systems are maintained. Once an experiment is loaded, the team readies and fires the machine and ensures that all the requested waveforms are captured and processed for further scientific analyses. This team is highly adaptable and dynamic because of the developmental nature of many of the experiments, and the fact that Z supports Materials Science, Radiation Physics, and Fusion experiments which all have unique needs and requirements.

    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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    *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.

    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.