1+ months

R&D S&E, Systems Engineer (Early Career)

Livermore, CA 94550

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.


We are seeking an R&D Systems Engineer. The Systems Engineer supports the W87-0 warhead program, including flight testing, laboratory testing, and component testing; and in supporting Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs) and Test System Investigations (TSIs), as well as production activities for mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical components such as the Environmental Sensing Device (ESD). The Systems Engineer may work with Product Realization Teams (PRTs) to develop and produce new components for the W87-0 warhead. The Systems Engineer may partner with the NNSA production agencies to review procedures and assess acceptance of non-conforming product. The Systems Engineer may support system performance studies which could include working with the computational modeling community to assess system behavior during normal and abnormal environments or during functional operation. In support of these studies, the Systems Engineer may report on system details or conduct or lead tests to identify relevant modeling parameters or to use test data to derive environmental specifications. The Systems Engineer may support the conceptual design of Flight Test Vehicles (FTVs) or other test articles. The Systems Engineer supports system requirements updates as required to include building test units, conducting tests, and analyzing data.


+ Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
+ Ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance.


+ An active DOE Q security clearance.
+ Experience as a Systems Engineer in a nuclear weapons systems engineering, component engineering, telemetry systems engineering, or surveillance department.
+ Effective teamwork, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.

Department Description:

The W87 System Engineering Department 8487 at SNL/CA is responsible for the Stockpile Support and Stockpile Maintenance activities associated with the W87-0 nuclear warheads. This Systems Engineering organization performs the planning, development, integration, and coordination with the DoD customer (USAF) for the NNSA, supporting the primary national defense mission of the laboratory. In this role, Department 8487 performs detailed design and analysis of structures, design and analysis of electrical subsystems, conducts experimentation and qualification of systems, subsystems, and components, and provides direction to supporting organizations within the laboratory and the production complex. Department 8487 is comprised of electrical and mechanical engineers, technologists, and administrative support staff. The multidiciplinary team relies on the expertise of individuals inside and outside of the Department to accomplish its mission using modern quality methodologies. In addition to the secure officespace, the Department owns a mechanical laboratory in the Test Assembly Group (TAG) area and the Directorate 8400 electrical laboratories.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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.

EEO Statement:

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-09-28 Expires: 2020-12-23

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