1+ months

R&D Manager - Thin Films and Packaging (1835)

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:

Are you interested in an opportunity to lead a new department with significant mission impact? Growth in 1830’s engagement with Sandia’s mission areas, especially Nuclear Deterrence, creates the need for an additional department within the group. We are looking for a manager to direct a team developing and deploying electronic materials, packaging techniques, and thin film technologies. If you are passionate about leading world-class teams conducting research and development efforts in these fields, please consider applying for this unique opportunity.

Our team of subject matter experts provides expertise in packaging and prototyping of electronic assemblies and various thin film coating processes to meet customer needs. We maintain a portfolio of R&D projects to push the state-of-the art in these areas. Our customers span the Sandia mission portfolio and Nuclear Security Enterprise. As manager, you will be responsible for nurturing these relationships while teaming with other 1800 managers to support Nuclear Deterrence components and systems groups during design and production phases. A key element of your assignment will be advancing the department’s capabilities in support of Sandia’s mission areas.

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

+ Set department direction and encourage innovation to advance innovative capabilities in support of our mission

+ Manage the department’s talent pipeline and career development including recruitment, staffing, training, performance assessments, work assignments, recognition of successes, and any necessary disciplinary actions

+ Implement safety and security responsibilities for the department

+ Cultivate a work environment that aligns with Sandia’s core values, including safety, security, and diversity & inclusion

+ Steward laboratory spaces and equipment to ensure critical capabilities are maintained and grown

+ Partner with Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Partnership Program organizations to meet mission deliverables

+ Serve as a derivative classifier (DC)

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Master’s degree in metallurgy, materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, or related scientific or technical field

+ Eight or more years of directly related experience in science and/or engineering

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

Qualifications We Desire:

+ PhD in materials science, metallurgy, engineering, physics, chemistry, or related scientific or technical field

+ At least two (2) years of demonstrated leadership experience

+ Experience in electronics packaging and/or thin film technology for the fabrication of products used in high consequence applications

+ Experience in product development and realization, especially in introducing new science and technology to Sandia mission areas

+ Experience leading activities within Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence or Strategic Partnership Programs

+ Interest and ability to manage people and organizations

+ Active DOE Q-level security clearance

About Our Team:

Department 1835, Thin Films and Packaging, is a new department in group 1830, created to accommodate our group’s growing work in electronic materials, packaging techniques, and thin film technologies. This department will play a meaningful role in both nuclear deterrence and strategic partnership programs, sitting right at the crux of application-inspired R&D.

Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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: 683413



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

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