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R&D Technologist (Mid-Career/Experienced)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 690904

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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 R&D Technologist (job title: R&D Electromechanical Technologist) to join the Engineering Services Program and Operation's team. This position will support critical programs contributing to national security with a wide range of roles and responsibilities. The individual in this role will perform multiple functions within Engineering Services including Assembly and Environmental Test capabilities.

The selected candidate also will be responsible for the actual hands-on activity level work defined in assembly procedures and/or test plans. Testing and Assembly can be complex and contain a wide variety of hazards including radioactive, pressurized, and/or explosive components. The successful candidate will be trained on specific equipment and will require additional ES&H training to work with potentially hazardous items.

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

  • Execute tests with laboratory equipment, such as vibration and shock tables, thermal equipment/chambers, centrifuges, mass properties, drop table and resonant plate

  • Assembly of hardware defined for use in a variety of component and/or system tests (e.g., Ground Test, Flight Test, Compatibility Test)

  • Construct, troubleshoot, calibrate, adjust, test, and maintain equipment, components, devices, or systems

  • Develop, update, and use test plans, assembly procedures, operating instructions, drawings, and schematics

  • Participate in safety and technical reviews

  • Monitor experiments, record observations, support documentation efforts, including preparing information for engineering reports

Qualifications We Require:

  • High school diploma plus five years of directly related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Technical degree in relevant field

  • Ability to work well in a team focused environment as well as work in a self-directed manner

  • Ability to use hand and power tools, material handling equipment, cranes and forklifts, and specialty test equipment

  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, work planning processes, assembly procedures, ES&H guidelines, and operating procedures

  • Experience with Nuclear Weapons component design, testing or manufacturing

  • Familiar with working in a secure facility

  • Experience working with classified and hazardous materials/hardware

  • Active Q security clearance or equivalent

About Our Team:

Organization 8525, Engineering Services Program & Operations leads many key capabilities for the Sandia National Laboratory primary Nuclear Deterrence mission. This department is responsible for Hardware Management & Assembly Operations, Environmental Testing Capabilities, and Calibration Operations & Logistics. A combination of technical personnel includes engineers, technologists, logistics operations, administrative personnel, and subject matter experts.

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.

Position Information:

This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 690904

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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 facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
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  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

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