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Sandia National Laboratories Tritium Scientist for Z (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to deliver solutions? Join a diverse team and help solve significant issues for our nation’s security!

We are seeking a R&D Physics Scientist to provide technical leadership over the tritium program at the Z Machine. The utilization of tritium in ICF experiments is a vital capability that will enable new science measurements! The candidate will work with both Sandia and external collaborators to design, test, and commission tritium advancements on the world class 30 million Ampere Z Machine.

On any given day, you may:

  • Develop advanced capabilities to couple tritium to pulsed-power-driven inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. Work with the Z Facility Operations Team to implement new technologies to push tritium inventories higher.
  • Collaborate with Sandia gas transfer, cryogenic domain specialists, and other SMEs throughout the laboratory and DOE complex.
  • Lead the development of advanced contamination mitigation techniques.
  • Plan and guide multi-year development projects within a rapidly evolving R&D environment.
  • Assist with work planning and controls to execute tritium experiments safely on the Z machine.
  • Travel occasionally (e.g. 3 weeks per year).


  • Master’s degree in a STEM program with 4 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree in a STEM program with 8 years’ experience.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Highly self-motivated, adaptable to change, and an excellent work ethic suited to making rapid progress through independently directed work
  • Excellent verbal, written, planning, and interpersonal skills conducive to working as a part of a large team
  • Experience using project planning tools; e.g., Microsoft Project
  • A working knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and phase transitions
  • Co-authored publication or presentation at scientific conferences in a related area of research, such as cryogenics, gas transfer systems, thermodynamics, low temperature condensed matter physics, nuclear fusion, neutron or x-ray radiation sources or diagnostics, high-energy-density or plasma physics
  • An active DOE L or Q clearance or active transferrable clearance with another US government agency, e.g. DOD Secret or Top Secret

Department Description:

Department 1681 develops and maintains state-of-the-art x-ray diagnostics and experimental sub-systems for high-energy-density science experiments on the Z Machine. The experimental sub-systems within the department consist of Gas Fill, Cryogenics, and Tritium. The department also develops and maintains multi-year strategies for diagnostics and experimental capabilities (primarily for Z), while working closely with internal and external stakeholders.

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:

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.