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R&D Materials Science Engineer (Experienced)

Unidentified, New Mexico

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.

Salary Range:

$99,700 - $196,100 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a R&D S&E, Material Science Engineer.

Are you passionate about your work and want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for the nation's security? If so, you could be the highly motivated Design Engineer we seek to support the growing lithium ion and lithium primary battery projects in Department 7545. Our products are based on several different battery chemistries and include both lithium primary and secondary cells. This department provides engineering design and development support to the Power Sources Technology Group (PSTG) at Sandia for Nuclear Deterrence (ND) and National Security Program (NSP) customers.

Ideally, you are a detailed individual, interested in working on a diverse set of problems and able to easily integrate with teams composed of mechanical, chemical, and materials engineers. Occasional travel will be required. Engineered safety and work authorization are instrumental to the way work is accomplished in Org. 7540 and a key work activity for all employees.

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

+ Provide support to, or lead, one or more Product Realization Teams (PRTs) involved in designing, developing, testing and delivering high quality power source products to challenging specifications.

+ Support small lot development battery builds for evaluation and testing including identifying/implementing design and process improvements, providing engineering oversight, and technical problem resolution.

+ Work with external suppliers to ensure products are built as intended and evaluating test results.

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s and master’s* degrees in relevant STEM subject area, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

+ Equivalent experience in lieu of degrees must be engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development.

+ Plus, five or more years of engineering or scientific experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform independent research and development

+ Experience working safely around mitigated hazards associated with general laboratory environments.

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Proven experience designing, fabricating and/or testing primary or secondary lithium batteries and components.

+ Experience in product design, development, fabrication and qualification of hardware. Particularly beneficial would be experience with the ND production realization and qualification processes.

+ Experience with the development, assembly, or testing of electronic components and boards.

+ Proven evidence of excellent teaming, interpersonal and written communication, and organizational skills.

+ Demonstrated self-starter with a record of technical accomplishments in relevant technical areas.

+ Experience in developing methods, processes, technical work documents and procedures.

+ Previous experience in the development and conducting of test plans for hardware including environmental testing.

+ Experience leading teams composed of engineers and support personnel with diverse technical skills.

+ Experience negotiating requirements and deliverables.

About Our Team:

Department 7545, Power Sources Design and Development is part of the integrated Power Sources Technology Group. The Power Source organization provide cradle to grave R&D, engineering, and production of power sources including thermal batteries, thermoelectrics, and lithium primary and secondary cell batteries, as well as research into many other new power source technologies. Power source technology is a growing need area both within the NW SMU and in the Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Security (ECIS) SMU. While the primary customer of the Power Sources and Metrology Group is NNSA, both business areas are growing a customer base including DoD, NASA, other DOE offices, and commercial entities.

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: 683813



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-22 Expires: 2022-07-22

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