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R&D Geosciences Engineer (Experienced)

Carlsbad, NM

Job ID: 689870

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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.

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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.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400

*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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Geosciences Engineer (Job Title: R&D S&E, Geosciences Engin SE) to join Sandia's Repository Performance organization at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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

  • Be a principal investigator of both computational analysis and field research for our organization

  • Undertake creative work, making systematic use of investigation or experimentation, to discover or revise historical knowledge of the Delaware Basin geology/hydrology/geochemistry, and use this knowledge to devise new applications

  • Create new understandings and capabilities through the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and analysis/evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods

  • Plan, conceive, conduct, and/or manage geo-hydrology research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors

  • Direct systematic studies that lead to a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of hydrologic phenomena to achieve scientific objectives through the discovery of new scientific approaches or applications

  • Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research

  • Perform analyses under a rigorous quality assurance regime

  • Undertake development and possible technology transfer of solutions, products, principles or technology to support and expand hydrology research

This position requires the selected candidate to reside near, and to work in, Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Geology, Geo-Science or a closely related field, plus at least five years of related experience, or a PhD in a relevant field and one year of related experience

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with aquifer testing, hydrologic analyses, hydrologic modeling, field data acquisition, design of experiments, and data analysis

  • Experience with carbonate geological systems

  • Experience with hydrogeology and geophysics in complex heterogeneous aquifer systems

  • Working knowledge of the following:

  • hydrological data acquisition and analysis in a field-to-product model workflow

  • traditional, pneumatic, and slug testing and accompanying analyses

  • geophysical methods, data acquisition and data interpretation

  • well test analysis software (nSIGHTS, Aqutesolv) and hydrologic modeling code/software (Modflow, GMS, PEST)

  • Demonstrated expertise in organizing task lists for multiple projects, electronic data entry and record keeping, data analysis under rigorous quality assurance program

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing R&D projects and their deliverables

  • Demonstrated excellence in the technical field, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated interpersonal skills including respectful teamwork and communication

  • Ability to contribute to advancing operation of standard field testing and data acquisition

About Our Team:

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. WIPP is operated by Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, under contract to the Department of Energy's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO). Sandia provides scientific advice to CBFO in many areas, including modifications to the repository's operating permits, periodic recertification of the repository, on- going monitoring of repository performance against regulatory requirements, and optimization of the national transuranic waste complex. The Repository Performance Department, part of Sandia's Defense Waste Management Programs Group, provides the experimental and fieldwork capability needed to assist CBFO in assuring continued and uninterrupted certification and permitting of WIPP.

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 L-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 the 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.

Job ID: 689870

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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