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Sandia National Laboratories W80-4 Systems Engineer - Electrical (mid-career) 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 driven Systems Engineer with a background in electrical engineering or related discipline to join our diverse and growing W80-4 Warhead Modernization Program!

Are you a hardworking engineer who can handle a wide variety of roles and responsibilities in a collaborative work environment? Our systems engineering positions are multidimensional and require a multidisciplinary perspective with an innate curiosity to learn outside of your existing knowledge base. Having the capability to communicate effectively is a critical element within a systems engineering position due to the collaborative nature of these roles. We work closely with our internal and external partners to develop and execute the nuclear weapon system requirements, architecture, design, and qualification activities. Our systems teams are responsible for seamless integration of the nuclear weapon components into a complex system and for providing sound technical justification for all decisions.

A Systems Engineer at Sandia:

  • Acts as the primary interface between systems and component/subsystem teams to drive successful design integration across all phases of the program
  • Leads development of system level design concepts and physical layout
  • Performs system/subsystem trade studies balancing performance, costs, risks, materials, functionalities, and technology maturation
  • Reviews and approves systems, subsystem, or component level CAD drawings
  • Provides technical consultancy on component/subsystem teams’ scope of work and deliverables and ensures higher level integration is successful
  • Develops technical requirements and interface documents for subsystems and components
  • Reviews system for integration compatibility and compliance
  • Reviews and approves simulation results with respect to performance requirements
  • Performs requirement development and analysis using tools such as Model Based Systems Engineering and/or DOORS
  • Leads test plan, direct test execution, and perform requirements derivation on prototypes
  • Prepares presentations and other supporting documentation needed for technical reviews
  • Assists with cost account management/Earned Value Management as needed
  • Represents the program while collaborating regularly with partners at Sandia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense organizations.


  • Bachelor's degree plus 5 or more years’ related experience; or Master’s degree plus 3 or more years' related experience; or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related discipline; or equivalent related experience and/or achievements that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to perform independent research and development.
  • Academic or job experiences in areas such as: engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance.


  • Experience working on engineering design, qualification, production, or related modeling/simulation projects
  • Familiarity with electrical modeling tools (PSpice, Cadence/OrCAD) and schematic tools (DxDesigner)
  • Familiarity with development of specifications for components and systems
  • Experience with Earned Value Management
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, including the ability to develop and present briefings that are clear and compelling
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, collaborative, team focused environment
  • Currently holding an active security clearance; DOE Q or DOD TS
  • Experience using MatLab, Simulink, Python or R
  • Experience using SysML

Department Description:

The various Systems Engineering Departments are part of the Sandia/California Weapon Systems Engineering Center which is responsible for assuring the safety, reliability and security of U.S. nuclear weapons enabling the defense of our nation through our nuclear strategic deterrent. The departments are comprised of groups of dedicated and motivated engineers with advanced technical degrees, primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering.

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*

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*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.


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.