1+ months

R&D Mechanical Engineer - Cryogenics & Gas Transfer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

We are seeking an engineer to support cryogenic & gas transfer research and development efforts on the Z Machine\.

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

+ Work with both Sandia and external principal investigators to engineer and design, fabricate, and test gas transfer and cryogenic systems to support experiments on the Z machine with safe by design intent as a primary driver

+ Develop advanced capability to couple cryogenics to pulsed power systems, and work with the Z Facility Operations Team to transfer these new and innovative cutting edge cryogenic capabilities from the light lab onto the Z machine in both atmospheric and vacuum systems operations

+ Interface between Sandia gas transfer and tritium subject matter experts and the Z Facility Operations Team to plan and execute experiments

+ Work with the gas fill/cryo team on Z to troubleshoot systems, in the light lab to test and develop systems in a vacuum test stand, and to improve systems to enhance operational performance for reduce fielding time on the Z machine

+ Assist with work planning and controls to execute gas fill and cryogenic shots safely on the Z machine

+ Travel occasionally for joint experiments, workshops, and to present material at project meetings or scientific conferences


+ Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering or related technical field with 5 years of work experience in cryogenics and/or gas transfer; or 15 years of focused experience in cryogenics and/or gas transfer

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Masters or PhD with thesis experience in cryogenics and gas transfer

+ Experience with engineering and designing hardware using standard engineering tool \(CREO, SolidWorks\), and advanced engineering tools like ABAQUS

+ Experience with thermal modeling of cryogenic systems using advanced multi\-physics engineering software \(combined engineering analysis with Computational Flow Dynamics, Heat Transfer, and Cryo Analysis\)

+ Strong electro\-mechanical skills such as the ability to use varied calibration and diagnostic instruments in light labs and at small facilities, and in supporting the setup of experimental equipment such as electronics, vacuum chambers, and data acquisition systems

+ Excellent verbal, written, planning, and interpersonal skills conducive to working as a part of a large team

+ Highly self\-motivated, adaptable to change, and an excellent work ethic suited to making rapid progress through independently directed work

+ Experience fielding experiments or developing systems at a major pulsed power or high\-energy\-density physics facility

+ Co\-authored publication or presentation at scientific conferences in a related area of research, such as cryogenics, gas transfer systems, nuclear fusion, neutron or x\-ray radiation sources or diagnostics, high\-energy\-density or plasma physics

+ An active DOE L or Q clearance or active transferrable clearance with another US government agency, e\.g\. DOD Secret or Top Secret

Department Description:

The Pulsed Power Engineering Department \(01693\) provides fundamental, advanced, and cutting\-edge engineering to support the advanced science research and development programs in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories\. The departments engineers, designers and technologists work together with the centers scientists to deliver engineered solutions in the complex development needs of next generation advanced pulsed power accelerators, sustainment and enhancement of current machines, execution of experiments on these facilities, and maintenance of the oil/water/gas infrastructures\. The department uses CREO and SolidWorks computer aided design platforms and advanced engineering tools like ABAQUS and Sandias CTH Shock Physics and Sierra Suite Codes to perform complex engineering analysis in support of the Centers programs\.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy \(DOE\) granted Q\-level security clearance\.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications\. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q\-level security clearance, which requires U\.S\. citizenship\.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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