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Sandia National Laboratories W87-1 Systems Engineer - Electrical (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.


We are seeking a driven R&D Systems Engineer with an Electrical Engineering background to join our new, diverse and growing systems engineering team for the W87-1 Modification Program! This is a rare opportunity to mold the design and process from concept to delivery within a new program. This program will also allow for a variety of projects and tasks to align with your interests and specializations.

Are you a talented engineer who can handle a wide variety of roles and responsibilities in a collaborative work environment? Do you enjoy working in a small, closely knit team of outstandingly hardworking engineers? In this exciting and dynamic role, you may be performing a number of engineering functions, from crafting design concepts on the system level, to developing and testing actual prototypes, and qualifying innovative fabrication and assembly techniques. You will also be supporting systems and/or component engineering efforts across all phases of projects spanning from conceptual-design studies, to feasibility/cost studies, to full scale engineering. Along with fellow engineers, this role also involves engaging and collaborating regularly with personnel across multiple Sandia organizations, as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), production agencies throughout the NNSA nuclear security enterprise, and Department of Defense (DOD) organizations.

The W87-1 Modification Program is in phase 6.2- feasibility study and design options. Systems engineers within this program:

  • Manage the architecture and implementation of electrical components
  • Collaborate on maturation of requirements for a specific area or component
  • Lead integration activities with other systems engineers and product realization teams
  • Provide technical consultancy on critical design elements
  • Team with W87-1 PRTs and MRPs
  • Present at technical design reviews
  • Conduct cost account management
  • Represent Sandia on multi-organizational project teams
  • Prepare and implementing test planning, test execution, requirements derivation
  • Conduct environmental testing, qualification of development and production hardware


  • Bachelor's degree plus 7 years’ of related experience, or Master’s degree plus 3 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 DoE Q 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)
  • Experience with programming languages
  • 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
  • Knowledge and/or experience of system engineering concepts and principles

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.