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Sandia National Laboratories Systems Engineer (Experienced) 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.


Do you want to join a dynamic, high-performing, multi-discipline team developing exciting and impactful capabilities for the nation? Are you mission focused with a keen attention to detail and a passion for robust, reliable design, testing and implementation? Do you want to be part of something bigger than your individual contributions as part of a highly motivated team? 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 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 everyone working collaboratively towards common goals.

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

•Develop mission supporting tactics, techniques and procedures.

•Create CONOPS for unique, robust and real-world capabilities.

•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

•Develop software capabilities/tools supporting mission needs

•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

•Experience 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, CONOPS development, training and exercise development, software development

•Experience realizing products and leading teams

•Ability to acquire and maintain a Q-level security clearance with SCI


•Active DOE Q and DOE SCI level security clearance

•Advanced degree in engineering or related field

•Experience working with US intelligence organizations, DOE, DoD, satellite systems, operational support.

•Strong leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution, and coaching/mentoring skills

•Proven experience architecting IT systems

•Proven 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 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 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.


This job posting is at the Senior and Principal levels. Member level employees will not be eligible for movement into this job. Level promotions are not permitted on this requisition.

Employees must remain in their current position for one year before applying for a new position, with the exception of student interns. Application of this requirement will not supersede the Laboratories’ collective bargaining agreements. See collective bargaining labor agreements for represented bidder eligibility requirements for represented employees.