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Software Solutions Architect (Experienced) (Onsite)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693135

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Accident Consequence Modeling and Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories is seeking a Software Solutions Architect (job title: R&D Computer Science) to develop software architectures for software used in safety assessments for space nuclear launch and nuclear power plant licensing and safety assessment. In this position, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that supports programs in the area of nuclear-powered space craft and nuclear power plant safety and emergency planning.

The primary responsibilities of this role include working with the program manager to design and architect software solutions, develop and carry out project plans, establish software development processes and team procedures, support software verification and validation procedures and provide technical expertise in code development.

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

  • Design the architecture for software applications used to support department missions and ensure the architecture meets design requirements

  • Perform as a member of the coding team to develop code that implements the design architecture determined as part of the software architecting phase

  • Participate in agile stand-up meeting and scrum reviews

  • Work with subject matter experts to understand project needs and requirements

  • Determine the most appropriate technology stack and programming languages to meet software requirements and implement the approved architecture

  • Join program manager in project meetings with the federal and commercial sponsor to provide technical expertise

Due to the nature of the work, the selected candidate must work onsite at the Sandia Albuquerque site at least 50% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a closely related field, plus 8 years of directly relevant experience, or a graduate degree and 4 years of relevant experience

  • Experience as a lead software developer or Principal Investigator

  • Experience designing software architectures to include determining technology stack, programming languages, and data management schemes.

  • Experience with React, JavaScript (JS), and Java

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level Security Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated ability to learn programming languages

  • Experience with some combination of C++, C#, Node.js, Python and Fortran, Electron,, VB6

  • Experience with desktop application development

  • Experience with developing and scripting software on Linux

  • Proven ability understand legacy application software, determine what it is doing, and migrate the capability to a state of practice / modern application framework

  • Experience working with code repositories, such as Gitlab and bug tracking systems, such as Fogbugz

  • Project management certifications such as the PMP

  • Strong mentorship skills and proven ability to work with and mentor junior programmers

  • Experience working in a collaborative environment

About Our Team:

The Accident Consequence Modeling and Analysis Department (ACMAD) supports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Energy (DOE) by providing experts in the Modeling of the Atmospheric Transport, Environmental, and Economic impact of released Nuclear Material as well as expertise in severe accident phenomenology; for both Emergency Response, Emergency Preparedness, Licensing applications, and basic scientific research. This team consists of high performing multi-disciplined scientists and engineers that work in a collaborative environment to develop state of art computer codes and analyses of severe accidents in nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities and the environmental transport of radiological releases, as well as the health and economic consequences of such releases. The team interacts broadly with both our domestic Federal customers as well as domestic and international customers, stake holders and customers with the goal of making nuclear power as safe as possible in a complex world faced with existential threats from climate change, terrorist threats and natural disasters.

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.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

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.

Salary Range:

$104,100 - $207,100

*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: 693135

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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