1+ months

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 research engineers and physicists 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? 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? Sandia has a growing number of small-, medium-, and large-scale laboratory pulsed power projects that we are working on now and we are looking to bring in pulsed power talent to lead these projects. We are developing the designs for a next generation high current driver greater than 50 MA and planning the related technology maturation activities. We are actively working on projects to improve performance on both the Z and Saturn accelerators. We are also developing the injector for the Scorpius accelerator, a new national security capability for NNSA.

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

+ Collaborate with a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and technicians in designing, building, and testing new pulsed power components and systems

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

+ Perform analytic calculations and numerical simulations

+ Propose and lead research efforts to rapidly evaluate high-risk high-reward concepts

+ 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:

+ Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Experience working in a team environment to define and solve challenging, complex problems

+ Experience in one or more of the following aspects of pulsed power: component design integrated system design, simulation, construction, operation, diagnostic characterization, data acquisition, or data analysis.

+ A strong desire to work in a fast paced and technically challenging research environment

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: 683198



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-05-11 Expires: 2022-07-10

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