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Experienced Systems Engineer (onsite)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 693657

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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.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an experienced R&D Systems Engineer to join our multidisciplinary teams performing critical work to maintain a safe and reliable national defense while advancing warhead deployment of the land-based leg of the nuclear deterrent triad! Our people are designing and building a suite of flight test vehicles to enable W87-0 integration on the Air Force’s Sentinel missile. This is a highly collaborative work environment where successful candidates will be involved in design maturation, hardware assembly, and qualification testing. If you're looking to be part of a dynamic, hardworking team, this may be the position for you!

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

  • Develop detailed understanding of customer requirements and ensure maturation of requirements for specific systems aspects or components

  • Collaborate with system engineers and component engineers

  • Provide technical guidance on critical design elements

  • Perform technical analyses and trade studies to inform risk-based decisions while balancing programmatic cost and schedule constraints

  • Conduct test planning to verify requirements and qualify hardware

  • Direct execution of tests and data analysis to develop systems level understanding of collected data and lead anomaly resolution process

  • Support ongoing field exercises

  • Present to diverse audiences at technical design reviews and programmatic meetings

  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams

Applicants on this requisition may be interviewed by multiple organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Salary Range:

$130,100 - $258,900

*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.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline plus 1 year relevant experience; or Bachelor’s degree in related discipline plus 5 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • developing requirements and concepts of operation

  • performing trade studies

  • leading system design activities

  • performing project management

  • generating technical documentation

  • developing and testing prototype systems

  • analyzing test data

  • troubleshooting prototype electronics

  • qualifying systems

  • identifying failure modes and performing failure analysis

  • overseeing production activities

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25%

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with telemetry and sensor integration and test

  • Experience with RF system design and characterization

  • Experience in digital or analog design

  • Experience working with DOE, NNSA, DoD, or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

  • Experience developing briefings or communicating succinctly to stakeholders

  • An active U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance

About Our Team:

W87-0 Systems is comprised of the W87-0 System Engineering and W87-0 Sentinel System Integration teams. The W87-0 System Engineering Department (8287) at SNL/CA is responsible for the Stockpile Support and Stockpile Maintenance activities associated with the W87 nuclear warheads. This Systems Engineering organization performs the planning, development, integration, and coordination with the DoD customer (USAF) for the DOE, supporting the primary national defense mission of the laboratory. The W87-0 Sentinel System Integration Department (8288) at SNL/CA is responsible for certification of the W87-0 warhead for first flight on the Air Force’s Sentinel missile. Activities include development and assembly of flight test units to collect environmental data from test flights and developing a Joint Test Assembly (JTA) to certify the weapon system for operational use. Our diverse team of engineers and technical professionals provide expertise in multiple subject areas, including systems, electrical, mechanical, software and qualification engineering. This work is performed with an array of mission partners across a spectrum of security boundaries.

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.

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.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

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.

Job ID: 693657

Job Family: RD

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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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 California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilities
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schools
  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • State Parks
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchises
  • Art haven
  • Proximity to SF Bay Area

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California


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