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Sandia National Laboratories Team Lead, R&D Science and Engineering in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an R&D Team Lead to lead our Building 809 Operations team and associated work. Building 809 contains both high-bay mechanical and light electrical laboratories within a VTR and primarily supports assembly, disassembly, system and sub-system testing and analysis of fielded Stockpile Systems, Modernization Programs, Surety and Surveillance Programs, Technical Maturation (A&E, JTD, Tech Mat) and other critical National Security program laboratory needs. Department 2225 has responsibility and accountability for the maintenance and operations of Building 809, managing ND and SPP tenants, and executing laboratory reconfigurations, shipping/receiving, building safety meetings and walk-throughs, performance checks and use of cranes and forklifts, and providing performance and administrative support for the tenants. Department 2225 needs to create and develop both short-term tactical and long-term strategic plans for improving operations in Building 809 and for increasing agility to accommodate future ND and SPP programs; contributions and leadership by the Team Lead here is essential. Department 2225 currently has 3 experienced Technologists who team to execute various operations and maintenance activities in Building 809. The Team Lead is responsible for supporting, overseeing, and leading the Technologist Team, executing tenant contracts, resolving tenant issues within Building 809, maintaining operations that meet SNL requirements for safety and security, helping prioritize incoming work/tenants, and balancing Stockpile System laboratory needs with the needs of the greater ND and SPP communities. The Team Lead also works with the 2225 Department Manager on Technologist Team hiring, professional development, and assessment and performance management, consistent with the mission of the organization.

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

  • Resolve equipment failure and maintenance issues within the 809 building.
  • Resolve issues between 809 Operations personnel and tenant personnel.
  • Lead and contribute to design of both tactical and strategic operational improvement plans.
  • Create designs and implement them to increase operational agility to accommodate future ND/SPP tenants and their work.
  • Set priorities, forecast, and allocate resources needed to complete all predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance tasks.
  • Serve as first responder to analyze and assess system condition during outages and after hours; and coordinates and directs a response team to make the system operational.
  • Help lead and/or develop Work Planning and Controls documentation.
  • Ensure that tenant and customer needs are satisfied.
  • Create trust-based relationships amongst tenant staff, tenant managers, ES&H, Security, and 2220 managers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline plus five (5) or more years of experience, or equivalent:
  • Experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in Nuclear Deterrence or National Security programs.
  • Experience in delivering products and/or services to internal and/or external customers and stakeholders.
  • Experience leading teams in dynamic environments.
  • Active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.


  • Demonstrated experience in systems and/or component analysis, product design/development/production, stockpile evaluation, experimental and/or modeling & simulation, materials analysis, or other activities applied to nuclear weapons.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams during assembly/disassembly operations of complex systems.
  • Experience in design, set up, and working in high-rigor mechanical/electrical laboratories.
  • Experience setting up and working successfully in laboratories with high-quality Work Planning and Controls, Safety, and Security processes.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results and effectively lead/guide teams, mentor and support the success of others.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading and executing technical projects and/or leading teams in a fast-moving, dynamic, and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, trust-based teaming relationships with teams across organizations (ND, facilities, security, ES&H, shipping/receiving).

Department Description:

Department 2225, Nuclear Weapon System Engineering & Integration, is an integral part of the New Mexico Stockpile Systems organization (2220) and plays a critical role in the execution of our Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission. Department 2225 is responsible for Mission Critical Stockpile Systems and ND Integration and Engineering activities including management of Laboratory Operations, Risk Informed Stockpile Evaluation, Pantex Program Management, Cross-Cut Multi-Weapon System Systems Leadership, SNL Test Capabilities Management System, and interfacing to mission computing partners for the SNL Nuclear Deterrence community. Our 2225 team partners with ND Modernization, ND Sustainment, ND Technical Maturation, Pantex, Weapons Evaluation Test Lab (WETL), Surety Analysis & Engineering, Weapons Response Groups, LANL, LLNL, and the Chief Engineers Office for Nuclear Weapons (CENW). Department 2225 uses System Engineering tools, methodologies, and processes to execute strategic and tactical Integration and engineering activities on behalf of ND Stockpile, Modernization, Sustainment, and Technical Maturation programs.

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 security clearance to start.

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.