1+ months

Experienced Pulsed Power Electrical Engineer

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:

The Advanced Accelerator Physics and Advanced Radiographic Technologies departments are seeking experienced physicists or research engineers to join a dynamic team conducting pulsed power technologies and systems research! Are you passionate about advancing the understanding of the science used in pulsed power and using your skills to improve pulsed power technologies, particularly by upgrading Z and designing and building advanced systems? Do you dream of leading development of the technical foundation for next-generation pulsed power systems that support the U.S. Department of Energy’s national-security mission? If so, you will want to consider applying for this opportunity.

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

+ Develop next generation pulsed power drivers as “engines of discovery” for national security and high energy density physics

+ Provide technical leadership to dynamic team of scientists, engineers, and technicians in designing, building, and testing these drivers

+ Lead and collaborate on experiments on Z and other pulsed power machines

+ Develop mathematical models, new components, new technologies, and new systems

+ Perform analytic calculations and numerical simulations

+ Publish results in premier peer-reviewed physics and engineering journals

The experimental component of the work outlined above will be conducted in pulsed-power laboratory environments and will involve a variety of hazards including high voltage, high current, high-energy capacitors, vacuum systems, and large equipment.

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ PhD in engineering, physics, or a related field and 5 years’ related experience or a Master’s in a related field and 10 years’ experience

+ Experience in design and fielding of pulsed-power components and systems

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience leading teams

+ Experience developing and applying safety principles in laboratory activities

+ Experience in developing the science and technology foundations of pulsed power using experimental, analytical, or computational skills

+ Experience with electrical, mechanical, pressure, vacuum, and diagnostic systems

+ Experience in the construction aspects of pulsed power systems, i.e., technology maturation, design, engineering, costing, or scheduling

+ Publications including first-author peer-reviewed journal articles in engineering, physics, or a related field

About Our Team:

The Pulsed Power Accelerator Science and Technology Group (1650) invents, develops, builds, tests, and improves pulsed power systems for a wide range of national security missions for the country. We develop innovative pulsed power architectures for multiple missions requiring high voltages and high current accelerators. We are also developing the pulsed power science basis for energy storage, insulation, switching, and vacuum power flow. We will apply these developments to achieve increased performance from Z and to design next-generation drivers such as the next Z, high-voltage electron beam sources, precision dynamic materials drivers, inertial confinement fusion drivers, and high-current warm X-ray sources. We develop and support vacuum power flow modeling and diagnostics. We also manage Sandia's participation in the Advanced Sources and Detectors – Scorpius project, whose goal is deployment of a >20 MeV multi-pulse electron beam accelerator. Our state-of-the-art pulsed power machines include Z, Thor, Mykonos, Vulcan, and many small-scale devices.

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: 682903



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-04-28 Expires: 2022-07-06

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