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Sandia National Laboratories W80-1 Weapon System Lead in Livermore, California


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Organization 08484 is seeking a Weapon System Lead (WSL) Engineer for the W80-1 nuclear warhead! In this role you will be responsible for and cognizant of all aspects of engineering work at SNL pertaining to the W80-1 warhead and its annual assessment. This involves tracking of the systems engineering budget for the W80-1 at SNL, and working with the W80-1 system manager, project controller, and the ND program management office to update the Future Years Nuclear Security Plan (FYNSP), a multi-year budget estimate for the W80-1 system engineering program at SNL.

On any given day, a WSL may be called to:

  • Represent the W80-1 system in scorecard reviews with the ND program management office.

  • Give overviews of the system (including talking to cutaways) to VIPs, visitors, and others as needed.

  • Represent the SNL W80-1 team at joint DOD/NNSA meetings, and attend other important program meetings with USAF, NNSA and others

  • Prepare and sends monthly reports to NNSA on W80-1 program status

  • Mentor other engineers on the team and help guide them in their work,

  • Connect with USAF, NNSA, and other stakeholders to resolve issues and keep projects running.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or related scientific field

  • Ten years of experience as a nuclear weapons engineer working on systems or component design, development, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects

  • Background and understanding of nuclear weapons across the lifecycle, familiarity with processes within the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE), and experience in working with the NNSA production agencies

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%

  • Active DOE Q security clearance


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

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Proven project management skills

    Department Description:

The W80 Systems Engineering Department has stockpile stewardship responsibility for the W80 and W84 warheads. The W80-0,1 is the warhead for the Navy Tomahawk and the Air Force's ALCM cruise missiles. The President's Annual Assessment Report drives Sandia to increase yearly its technical basis of the safety and reliability of the warhead. Specifically the team is focused on understanding the "design margin" of the fielded weapon through driving the system to failure. This knowledge is used to adjust annual surveillance activities. Through these efforts we are breaking new ground in our knowledge of the weapon, and focusing this knowledge to critically evaluate the performance of the weapon.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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.

Job ID: 679683