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Sandia National Laboratories Research and Development Manager- Energetic Material Simulations and Fabrications 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.


Are you seeking an opportunity to lead a multi-disciplinary team of outstanding contributors developing creative solutions to unique national security challenges? Are you passionate about building partnerships and trust-based relationships across the technical community? If so, read on to learn more!

We are seeking a Research and Development Manager to lead the Energetic Material Simulations and Fabrications Department, which evaluates the performance of weapons systems, rocket motors, armaments, and ammunition though large-scale explosive and ballistics testing.

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

•Authorize activity-level work for complex operations with multiple hazards (explosives, electrical, laser, X-ray, mechanical systems, machine tools) spread among various facilities

•Review operations and develop safety cases jointly to enable mission needs

•Prioritize resources (facility, equipment and people) to maintain and mature remote site capabilities

•Advocate needs of department through levels of management, within internal and external program offices, and to NNSA

•Collaborate with internal organizations such as Explosive Safety; Environment, Safety, and Health; and Security to enable successful delivery of mission needs

•Identify and guide efforts to secure future work

•Lead by example in promoting safety, security, and inclusion


•Master’s degree in a STEM field, plus four years of explosive field operations experience

•Experience coordinating high hazard operations and remote facilities

•Active DOE Q clearance


•Two years’ demonstrated leadership and people management experience

•Leadership experience and delivery of Center of Excellence functions within the explosive community

•Experience leading a cross functional and matrixed team

•Experience working with diverse populations of both represented and non-represented team members

•Demonstrated knowledge of Sandia Explosive Safety Manual and Explosive Centers of Excellence

•Experience leading others in creatively solving complex problems

•Effective delegation skills

•Experience teaming with multi-disciplinary collaborators at varying levels

•Demonstrated high performance in one or more ND technical mission areas.

Department Description:

The Energetic Material Simulations & Fabrications Department (2556) is responsible for evaluating the performance of weapons systems, rocket motors, armaments, and ammunition through large-scale explosive and ballistics testing for NW and SPP customers. Department 2556 also supports customer needs through machining and pressing explosive materials for deployment in energetic components/assemblies. The highly diverse team is spread among several remote sites located across Sandia’s technical areas and serves as Explosive Center or Excellence (COE) Support to many organizations at SNL-NM/CA and the Weapon Evaluation Testing Lab (WETL) in Amarillo.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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.