1+ months

R&D Mechanical Modeling Engineer / Computational Analyst (Experienced)

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:

Organization 05421, Dynamic Effects Simulation & Testing, is currently seeking an experienced, motivated engineer to join their analysis team!

This organization conducts Strategic Partnership Projects work aligned with Integrated Military Systems - Strike Systems – Terminal Effects subprogram area. They also support DOE-Nuclear Deterrence programs including Advanced Exploratory concept development and the Joint Munitions Program.

The selected candidate will provide structural and impact analyses of prototype systems, as well as performance characterization aligned with Strike & Aerospace Systems ground testing and flight testing activities. Successful candidates will develop and lead projects with DoD War fighter sponsors in the areas of Target Defeat and Target Protection technologies, using Blast, Ballistics, and Blunt impact design tools and field test experiences.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

+ Team with 05420 managers and project engineers to develop and implement programs with multidiscipline technical teams for integrated systems solutions

+ Lead or contribute to the project team for development of systems requirements

+ Apply one's analytical and computational toolbox for analysis of initial prototype concept development and trade studies; for example, kinetic effects on engineered targets, multi-body dynamics characterization, or effectiveness of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on soldiers exposed to blast, ballistic, or blunt impact at the microscale or macroscale

+ Perform structural analyses on handling fixtures, subsystem, or systems hardware configurations for qualification and acceptance testing and fielding of prototype hardware for performance characterization

+ Provide documentation and presentation of analysis at internal and external project reviews

Some travel is required for this position in support of project meetings and field testing activities.

Qualifications We Require:

+ A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or a relevant STEM field, plus 5 years related experience; or a Master's degree in above, plus 1 year related experience

+ Solid modeling design experience (SolidWorks or similar)

+ The ability to occasionally travel

+ An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

Qualifications We Desire:

+ A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or a relevant STEM field

+ Demonstrated computational experience using Lagrangian and Eulerian, or coupled codes, to perform impact dynamics simulations

+ An academic understanding of structural dynamics, multi-body dynamics, shock physics, and stress wave theory

+ Experience working with Sandia High Performance Computing codes, including CTH, Sierra Solid Mechanics, Zapotec, and other relevant codes (DOE or DoD)

+ Code development experience (e.g. CTH, Sierra Solid Mechanics)

+ Rigid body modeling experience (e.g. Motiongenesis, AUTOLEV)

+ Solid modeling design experience and finite element analysis

+ Experience with Digital Signal Analysis tools for pre- and post-test data analysis (e.g. Python, MATLAB)

+ Target design and fabrication; engineering materials, including concrete targets

+ Demonstrated effective communication skills including report documentation (e.g. SAND Reports, journal publications) and presentation of analysis results

+ A proven track record of delivering on time results to the customer

About Our Team:

The Integrated Military Systems Development Center (IMSDC) manages numerous programs in support of developing the nation’s capabilities in defending against emerging National Security threats. Our Dynamic Effects Simulation & Testing group, within the IMSDC, supports a wide range of Department of Defense and Department of Energy funded programs. Our mission is to design, develop, & demonstrate predictive “Dynamic Effects" from vehicle launch and flight environments through payload deployment and delivery of lethal effects on target. Our simulation and test foundation is built upon our blast, ballistics, and blunt impact event modeling along with our rich history of earth penetrator and kinetic energy projectiles remote field testing. The Department’s projects involve leading development of technologies for enhanced system survivability and functionality, performing system design and effectiveness trade studies, culminating in subsystem, and systems integration testing that demonstrates design and test capabilities with engineering hardware. Our experimental capabilities include design and oversight of terminal ballistics field testing activities on DoD and DOE ranges.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive 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 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: 683274



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

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