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Sandia National Laboratories Manager, Energy Innovation in Livermore, California


Are you passionate about your work and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to lead a diverse team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a R&D Manager to lead the Energy Innovation Department, which comprises a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists that creates game-changing technologies to advance the use of clean energy. Working with your team, you will develop and communicate a vision, strategy, and implementation plan to focus the talents of the team. Together you will partner to build an enduring research and development program with a stable funding base in the area of energy efficiency. You will engage new sponsors (industrial, state, or federal) and partners (internal to Sandia; with other national laboratories; with industry). Partnering with Sandia’s Fusion program lead, you will also support Sandia’s Fusion Energy Science research team.

As manager of Sandia’s Energy Innovations Department, you will be expected to:

  • Lead your people by hiring, managing and supporting the career development of a technically diverse workforce. You will establish and maintain an exceptional career environment for strong workforce recruiting and retention, engaging staff in development and mentoring.
  • Provide intellectual leadership and set strategic directions for the department that inspire innovation to deliver high quality research products, publications, and game changing capabilities.
  • Understand the work of the organization and connect the work and expertise of the staff with current and potential programs and customers.
  • Ensure that enduring customer needs are met and that emerging needs are anticipated through the establishment and stewardship of trust-based relationships.
  • Manage the security and safety of operations within the department, including Center 8300’s light machine shop.


You have the following:

  • PhD degree in engineering or physical science, or higher, with at least eight years' relevant experience and a record of scientific contribution and innovation;
  • Experience building, leading, and developing, multi-disciplinary, technically-diverse research teams across scientific fields and line and programmatic organizations;
  • Demonstrated program development: experience interacting with sponsors and customers to respond to enduring needs and to anticipate emerging requirements;
  • Able to travel on a monthly basis;
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


You also have one, or more, of the following:

  • Research experience, as evidenced by a strong publication record, in materials science, energy conversion, storage technology, heat transfer, or a related discipline;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, attract, recruit, mentor, and retain excellent technical staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage experimental laboratories and meet ES&H requirements;
  • Experience with the patent process and intellectual property management;
  • Demonstrated program development success with customers external to Sandia;
  • Familiarity with DOE/EERE programs and leadership;
  • Experience supporting the national security mission areas;
  • Active DOE Q security clearance.

Department Description:

The Energy Innovation Department is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working on fundamental scientific research and technology development that support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse portfolio of work includes the development of hydrogen as a practical clean fuel source, novel approaches to thermal management, and plasma-materials interactions for magnetic fusion energy. Projects range from the surface science of hydrogen storage materials to more applied engineering of hydrogen energy infrastructure. The department also leads complementary hydrogen-in-materials research supported by DOE’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences. This work spans the breadth of basic plasma studies to major efforts in the plasma-material interactions and fusion nuclear science. Members of our team also invented the Sandia Cooler (recipient of R&D 100 award) and have demonstrated its utility for high-power solid-state lighting and other applications, as well as TwistactTM which can improve electrical power handling in large wind turbines.

More broadly, the Energy Innovation Department is part of the Chemistry, Materials, and Combustion Center at Sandia/California. This center is home to much of the materials science research at the laboratory, and includes a variety of world-class surface science and microscopy capabilities.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.