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Sandia National Laboratories Systems Engineer (Experienced) in Livermore, California


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions benefiting our nation’s security? Do you want to join a dynamic, high-performing, multi-discipline team developing exciting and impactful capabilities for the nation? Are you mission focused and able to determine the key characteristics of a system or capability that will have the largest and most effective impact on a sponsor’s mission. Do you have a keen attention to detail and a passion for robust, reliable design, testing and implementation? Are you comfortable working in the background, knowing that only a select few will ever know of, or understand your team’s contributions?

The Special Programs department is seeking a highly motivated Systems Engineer (R&D S&E, Systems Engineering) to develop high-impact and high-consequence national security capabilities improving the nation’s security. Your work will have direct impact to our warfighters, increase national security, and have tangible results that will continually reinforce your commitment to the team and cultivate your creativity. The work environment is team focused with success contingent on the team working collaboratively on common goals.

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

  • Develop mission supporting tactics, techniques and procedures.
  • Utilize your creativity and technical expertise to drive an idea from concept to operational capability including creation of requirements, cost estimates, schedules, project plans, development, implementation and testing.
  • Lead and collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams including information technology, software development and other technical disciplines to influence the development and meet project requirements
  • Drive requirements and methodology for software testing and improve automated testing capabilities
  • Partner with other project groups to improve and develop collaborations and capabilities which create efficiencies and guide future projects
  • Analyze complex data sets, creating elegant representations of the data to evaluate system performance


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (science, technology, physics, engineering or math) plus 1 or more years of experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: project management, developing requirements and concepts of operation, performing trade studies, generating technical documentation, leading system design activities, developing and testing prototype systems, overseeing operational activities creating Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), qualifying systems, assessing system reliability and performance, operationally fielding and supporting capabilities, software quality assurance or system testing
  • Experience realizing products and leading teams
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Q-level security clearance with SCI


  • Active DOE Q or SCI level security clearance
  • Advanced degree in engineering or related field
  • Experience working with US intelligence organizations and the DoD, satellite systems
  • Strong leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution, and coaching/mentoring skills Experience with architecting IT systems and experience with data processing/analysis

Department Description:

The Special Programs Department I (8771) is responsible for developing high-impact and high-consequence national security projects supporting a broad range of US government sponsors. Projects revolve around CONOPS creation, traditional Systems Engineering and development of custom software and IT architectures.

While IT architectures and software development are core capabilities, projects span multiple engineering disciplines and have durations ranging from days to years.

Special Programs’ success comes from the team’s ability to create innovative, end-to-end capabilities supporting the most demanding missions. The team works closely with our sponsors to understand their mission and develop solutions based on the sponsors’ specific needs. Special Program’s unique infrastructure, operational mindset along with deep domain and technical experience creates distinct and exceptional capabilities for our sponsors and an exciting and challenging work environment.

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:

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 and SCI access, both of which require US citizenship. SCI access may also require a polygraph examination. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain these levels of access 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 the 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.