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Sandia National Laboratories Thermal Battery & Power Source Designer (Experienced) 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.


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Are you passionate about your work and want to join a dynamic and motivated engineering team? If so, you could be a part of a team that solves unique power source design problems with a direct impact on the nation's security. The Thermal Battery Design & Development team is responsible for the development of thermal batteries used in joint test assembly and nuclear deterrence applications. Currently, research to define the next generation of thermal battery technology for future systems is underway, and you could join our team during this pivotal moment. Our thermal batteries are designed to operate with very high reliability and in extreme shock and temperature environments. Current research opportunities exist in exploring alternate ignition mechanisms for molten salt batteries, as well as participating in the development of conceptual hybrid power sources for other applications.

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

  • Support the design of thermal battery components for the Nuclear Weapons stockpile

  • Lead research efforts in thermal battery design space to analyze and characterize performance of battery designs

  • Develop future diagnostic capabilities such as high speed radiographic imaging of active batteries

  • Mentor other engineers in thermal battery and power source design processes

  • Design, build and qualify lithium ambient power source designs supporting national security customers

  • Apply new analysis techniques in surveillance testing of legacy power source products


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related STEM field.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related STEM field

  • Experience leading technical project teams

  • Demonstrated ability to partner with diverse engineering teams

  • Experience with numerical and mathematical analysis tools, such as Matlab

  • Experience in product qualification, including environmental testing

  • Ability to prepare and present clear and concise customer/stakeholder briefings

  • Experience with issue reporting and resolution processes (peer review, etc.)

    Department Description:

The Power Sources Technology Group (PSTG) is responsible for research, design and development activities including materials research and process development and prototyping related to batteries (molten salt and ambient temperature) and other power sources for a variety of applications. We perform significant work for DOD, DOE and other national security customers. Technologies supported include high temperature molten salt batteries (thermal batteries), lithium primary and secondary batteries as well as hybrid systems and double layer capacitors. Our primary focus is on technology application to meet a variety of customer needs.

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.

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.