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Sandia National Laboratories Research & Development Geohydrology (Experienced) - Carlsbad, NM in Carlsbad, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security?

We are seeking an innovative and creative scientist or engineer in the areas of geohydrology or geoscience to advance scientific investigations of the hydrologic environment and conditions surrounding the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the world's only licensed and operating deep geologic repository for the disposal of transuranic waste. You will use your experience with groundwater monitoring and aquifer testing to plan and support work of the field-team, including well-testing, development and maintenance activities of WIPP’s large observation well network (>50 wells).

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

  • Plan and support daily work activities with the field-data collection team (i.e., the field-team);
  • Participate directly in field-team’s activities as needed;
  • Analyze, integrate, compile and trend field-team data and results, and prepare technical reports and documents for the Sponsor and the Regulator;
  • Report on the progress of field-work;
  • Execute technical deliverables such as Milestone Reports and Memoranda;
  • Provide expert guidance on designing scientific investigations and solving problems based on sound technical bases.

You must reside in or have the ability to reside in Carlsbad, New Mexico.


  • Master's degree in Geohydrology, Geoscience or closely related discipline (i.e. Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Science) with a minimum of five years related experience, or a PhD, with one-year experience;
  • Experience (or education or knowledge) developing and deploying tools and equipment for well-monitoring, well-testing and well-maintenance;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.


  • Experience working with regulatory-driven R&D;
  • Experience working within rigorous QA/QC requirements;
  • Experience in site characterization and/or laboratory experimentation for derivation of hydrological model parameters;
  • Experience (and/or education) in the areas of well network development and video-logging;
  • Experience (and/or education) developing and deploying telemetry systems;
  • Familiarity with modern methods of aquifer testing and analyses;
  • Demonstrated expertise in organizing the management of multiple, competing sample collection, analysis, and data entry projects;
  • Demonstrated excellence in the technical field, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated interpersonal skills including respectful teamwork and communication;
  • Ability to organize and teach others basic tasks;
  • Familiarity with operation of standard laboratory equipment, and standard laboratory processes.

Department Description:

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 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) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).

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 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 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.