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Sandia National Laboratories R&D Manager, Radiation & Nuclear Detection Systems in Livermore, California


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.


We are seeking a hardworking R&D Manager to lead the Radiation and Nuclear Detection Systems Department! We undertake research and development of ionizing radiation and rare signature detection systems to address broad nuclear security needs in support of various U.S. Government programs.

If selected, you will work with staff to set its research and development agenda, support program development, and assist in the high-quality execution of the R&D program in radiation detection. You will also ensure project and program alignment with current sponsors and will work to develop emerging research areas to advance the Laboratories’ mission needs consistent with strategy and priorities. You will also work to support the career development of staff.

Strategic and programmatic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Promote laboratory-wide program development initiatives in proliferation detection, nuclear verification, nuclear incident response and WMD detection, including opportunities for realization of detection technologies through sponsors at DHS, DoD, etc.

  • Develop strong, influencing relationships with management in the Global Security Division, particularly the Asset Security & WMD Response, Monitoring Systems, and Global Security & Cooperation Centers

  • Grow partnerships with DOE/NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN, NA-20), coordinated through Sandia’s designated points of contact

Everyday operational responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring the safe execution of laboratory experiments involving hazards such as chemicals and radiation

  • Guide staff on conforming to security-related policies and practices, including becoming a Derivative Classifier to enable the timely review of documentation that results from the department’s research

  • Promoting technical excellence by managing and coordinating overall program and project plans, work scope, budgets, structures, schedules, and staffing requirements

  • Cultivate a culture that is inclusive and take an active leadership role in modeling and growing values in diversity, equality, and an inclusive environment


  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a technical field closely related to nuclear physics or engineering with a minimum of four years' experience relevant to radiation detection research; or equivalent combination of experience and education

  • Proven experience in leading or managing science-based, technically diverse teams, projects, and/or programs

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

The ability to travel every 1-2 months will be required in this role.


  • PhD in a technical field closely related to nuclear physics or engineering with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience

  • Minimum of two years of demonstrated leadership experience

  • Externally recognized SME in one or more fields demonstrated by the radiation detection research community (e.g., nuclear physics, high-energy physics, radiation transport modeling, nuclear instrumentation, electronics engineering)

  • Experience working with federal program managers at DOE, DoD, and/or DHS

  • Familiarity with DOE/ NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN, NA-20)

  • Proven record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature

  • Proven ability to convey complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences efficiently

    Department Description:

The Radiation and Nuclear Detection Systems department undertakes research and development of ionizing radiation and rare signature detection systems to address broad nuclear security needs in support of various U.S. Government programs. Through internal and external collaborations, the department targets applications in nuclear proliferation detection, nuclear non-proliferation, international safeguards, arms control treaty verification, radiological emergency response, and other national security objectives. Areas of significant experience and expertise include fission-energy neutron detection and imaging, gamma spectroscopy, weak source detection techniques, and high-channel-count systems. We specialize in designing detection systems for the anticipated radiation signature and background for specific applications starting at Technology Readiness Level 1 (basic research) up to 5 (field experiments).

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 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.