Sandia National Laboratories National Security Research Analyst (Early/Mid-Career) in Livermore, California
We are seeking a technically inclined National Security Research Analyst professional with cybersecurity or radiological/nuclear security domain expertise, who will take a broad systems perspective to informing strategies, priorities, and requirements for technology solutions. The successful applicant will join our multidisciplinary team of systems research analysts, whose studies provide decision insight to customers in ill-defined or complex multi-domain problem areas. You will apply critical thinking using a diversity of technical skills and expertise, and effectively communicate options, insights, and trade-offs to customers in a concise way that enables action. Provide technical depth and insight in particular to analysis problems in the national security domain, to enable connectivity between operational organizations, and Sandia’s broad and deep research and development teams. Formally define problems, formulate requirements, develop technical approaches, gather information from a variety of sources, and apply analytical methods to design and objectively evaluate proposed solutions. Familiarity with strategy and risk analysis tools and techniques would be beneficial. A strong technical knowledge foundation is important. Access to knowledge and data in this arena will require a security clearance. Travel is expected to meet with sponsors and to support successful execution of programs.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
• Lead projects and also contribute effectively on research teams;
• Work with customers to understand needs and propose solutions;
• Conduct innovative research; and analysis on emerging technology trends and national security needs; and
• Present results as appropriate at open conferences or classified meetings
Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline plus five or more years of experience, or equivalent:
higher degree (MS, PhD) in relevant discipline; or engineering or scientific experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development
- Evidence of relevant research expertise in the form of technical publications, presentations, software, and/or knowledge of applications
- Demonstrated ability to communicate well in informal (one-on-one) and formal (seminar) environments.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted Q-level security clearance
- Bachelor’s degree plus at least 5 years of relevant experience, or a Master's or Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, math, economics, or public policy. The following would be beneficial but are not required:
- Expertise in one or more of the following: design and analysis of complex systems, decision analysis, risk analysis, international security and policy, expert elicitation, facilitation, communications with non-technical audiences, data analytics, machine learning, and operational or policy guidance development.
- Experience working in the radiological/nuclear security or cybersecurity domain.
- Ability to work on weapons systems analyses.
- Ability to obtain and maintain an SCI-level clearance.
- Evidence of professional service and leadership to the community, such as service on program committees, workshop organization, and/or editorial or review work.
- A proven ability to frame and tackle complex and/or ill-defined multidisciplinary problems.
- Background in solving practical problems in science and engineering that involve encounters with real-world data, especially large data sets.
The Systems Research & Analysis Team is part of a six department System Analysis and Engineering Group in the Sandia/California DHS & Defense Systems Center. We provide national leaders with reliable, unbiased and comprehensive information on viable engineering and strategy options, and on the effectiveness, risks, benefits, and potential unintended consequences of those options. We are a multidisciplinary group with a strong science and engineering emphasis, skilled at applying a broad systems perspective to national and global security challenges. Work in our department is focused on a broad range of topics in national security including nuclear weapons, homeland security, and transportation energy. Homeland security work includes analyses, simulations, and prototype technology deployments which address defense against biological, nuclear, chemical, and radiological terrorism; and emerging cybersecurity threats. Nuclear weapons work includes stockpile studies, surety systems analysis, cost estimation, and future stockpile planning. Projects range from months to years in duration, with teams forming in dynamic collaborations across the Group and with organizations throughout the laboratory to draw upon world-class technical expertise.
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: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT