Sandia National Laboratories Systems Engineer (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer as a Military Liaison Field Engineer to perform three primary roles: 1) Field Engineering, 2) Training Instructor, and/or 3) back-up to Weapon Display Area (WDA) Vault Coordinator.

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

In the Field Engineer role:

  • Serve as a primary knowledgeable point of contact for the DoD and the NNSA Nuclear Weapons Complex with respect to issues relating to a specified weapon system, Technical Publications, Test and Handling gear and Spares.
  • Work with a diverse set of people to coordinate resolution of Unsatisfactory Reports, enable stockpile and test and handling equipment improvements, and manage nuclear weapon material spares.
  • In addition to resolving Unsatisfactory Reports, you will author and coordinate Product Change Proposals, Retrofit Orders, and Technical Publication changes.
  • In resolving URs and working stockpile improvements, you will work closely with the SNL systems organizations, NNSA, LANL, LLNL, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Air Force and Navy. In addition, you will work closely with Military Liaison technical writers for Technical Publication changes and Retrofit Order development. As a result, you will be asked to work with a diverse set of people, must be knowledgeable and experienced in all phases of the nuclear weapon lifecycle, must be knowledgeable of the DoD nuclear weapons enterprise and activities, must be knowledgeable of the procedures documented in the Joint Nuclear Weapons Publication System (JNWPS), and must be capable of representing Sandia and the NNSA to the DoD in nuclear weapon matters.

In the ML Training Instructor role:

  • Provide training to the DoD and the NNSA nuclear weapons complex on several specified topics which could include historical aspects and development of the nuclear weapons stockpile, treaties, technical and programmatic aspects of the enduring stockpile, basic nuclear physics, weapon hazards and nuclear safety. As a result, the Training Instructor must be sufficiently knowledgeable of weapon systems to be capable of teaching technical material to a broad range of audiences. A 10-15-minute technical presentation may be required during the interview process.

In the WDA Coordinator role:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for access to the Military Liaison Weapons Display Area Vault. The WDA coordinator not only coordinates with personnel across the laboratories to brief the content of the WDA when visits occur, but also is expected to provide content briefings to visitors or internal personnel when requested.
  • Work with a diverse set of people and needs to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the enduring stockpile, Sandia’s core products and capabilities, and a subset of historical weapon systems to be able to provide WDA content briefings upon request.
  • Coordination of visitors and access authorization with the ML manager, the Executive Office, the Protocol office, Division 5000 (Defense Systems and Assessments), Division 2000 (Weapons Engineering and Product Realization), the Military Liaison Training Coordinator and the ML Training Room Scheduler.

Travel is required to support both engineering and training activities. Sigma 15 access is also required and therefore, the field engineer may be subject to possible random polygraphs.


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline; equivalent combination of relevant education and relevant Engineering & Operations experience
  • Experience in nuclear weapon design and production
  • Experience with DoD nuclear weapon maintenance operations and delivery platforms as well as the development, qualification, and/or use of nuclear weapons test and handling equipment
  • Current and active DOE Q-level security clearance or DOD Top Secret clearance with ability to obtain and maintain additional clearances which may require a polygraph test


  • Experience in providing nuclear weapons technical briefings to a broad set of audiences
  • Knowledge of and experience with NNSA and SNL Realization policies and procedures;
  • Experience with DoD nuclear weapon maintenance and logistics operations;
  • Experience as a technical team and/or project leader;
  • Knowledge of and experience with Spares management tools, procedures and activities;
  • Technical knowledge of the enduring stockpile;
  • Basic Nuclear Physics background and/or knowledge sufficient to instruct on the topic;
  • Knowledge of and experience with the development, qualification and use of nuclear weapons Use Control and PAL equipment;
  • Demonstrated teaming skills and the ability to work well with diverse individuals and teams;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Department Description:

The Military Liaison (ML) function carries out several tasks under the authority of DOE, including Field Engineering, Accident Response, Joint Nuclear Weapons Publication System (JNWPS) and training activities. The department supports the Military Services as well as other government agencies, such as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Field engineering activities include anomaly resolution, field retrofit and repair, product realization team involvement, spares analysis, and JNWPS development for war reserve weapons, TYPE Trainers, and ancillary gear. The Accident Response Group function provides world-wide support to the NNSA and DoD in resolving incidents or accidents involving U.S. nuclear weapons or components. This team provides leadership in developing incident and accident scenarios that are then used to exercise and assess the international, national, and local resources should a real-world event occur. The training function provides a variety of nuclear weapon training activities tailored to diverse organizations across the Nuclear Security Enterprise and DoD installations. The publication function maintains over 140 JNWPS publications used by operational and maintenance personnel throughout the complex to support the nuclear weapons stockpile and acts as the single point of distribution for DoD weapon platform technical orders. ML is the single Operational Interface between the NNSA Weapon Complex and the Military Services for stockpiled nuclear weapons.

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*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance to start.

Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD) to be considered for this position.

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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.