1+ months

Electromechanical Technologist - Atmospheric Sciences

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Posting Duration:

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

In this role, the technologist will work on a growing, dynamic team to help design and test scientific instrumentation and flight equipment related to large tethered aerostat/balloon flights for atmospheric and climate science research missions. The selected candidate will be a key member on a hardworking team of scientists, engineers, technologists, and support personnel that conducts scientific field studies. As an electromechanical technologist, you will perform all phases of equipment design, testing, integration and operation of instrumentation and balloon flight system components. You will conduct balloon deployments at varied locations so travel up to 16 weeks per year is required.

On any given day, the selected applicant may be called on to:

+ Develop electrical components related to airborne operations of miniaturized instrumentation such as pumps, microcontroller boards and heaters

+ Operate tethered balloon systems and instrumentation in the field.

+ Design and test components of the winch system such as electronic brakes, variable speed controllers and DC electric motors

+ Size and specify lithium batteries to operate airborne equipment

+ Build cabling for 110 or 220 VAC system or solder components for 12 – 48 VDC systems

+ Evaluate the performance of airborne lighting, communications or science equipment operating from DC powered tether


Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelors degree in Electrical, Aeronautical, or Mechanical Engineering or Atmospheric Sciences or other closely related field; OR equivalent combination of education and experience

+ Willingness to travel up to 16 weeks per year to conduct science flights of the tethered balloon system

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience with balloon systems or un-manned aerial vehicles (UAV)

+ Proven experience with MATLAB, LabView or SolidWorks

+ Strong understanding and proficiency designing AC and DC circuits

+ Experience with component programming such as Arduino, Teensy or Raspberry Pi

+ An ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary team environment

+ Experience with surface imaging from airborne platforms

+ Experience with 3D printing

+ Experience with scientific or atmospheric instrumentation

+ Experience with conducting scientific field deployments

+ Ability to read and/or create electrical circuit diagrams

+ Ability to diagnose and fix electrical components

+ Knowledgeable about circuit design and component selection

+ Applied understanding of battery systems

+ Training or certification in CNC machining

+ Training or certification in welding

+ Training or certification in soldering

About Our Team:

The staff in the Atmospheric Sciences Department (8913) at Sandia National Labs have expertise in atmospheric measurements and modeling. Technical activities cover the spectrum from theory to application, including algorithm development, computer modeling, data inversion, instrumentation and measurement systems development, field demonstration, field campaign execution, and field site management. Particular expertise exists in the measurement and modeling of atmospheric processes in the Arctic including the use of un-manned aerial vehicles such as small fixed wing and rotary aircraft and tethered balloons, as well as the use and cold hardening of measurement systems such as radar and lidar. The department serves as a Laboratories resource for atmospheric sensing expertise.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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.


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: 683228



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-20 Expires: 2022-07-22

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