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R&D S&E, Systems Engineer (Experienced)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 a R&D Systems Engineer to join the Advanced and Exploratory Systems department to lead the HOT SHOT program. Your activities will be diverse but will focus on leadership and execution of HOT SHOT program. They will range from:

+ Leadership of the payload integration team to ensure payload integration and delivery
+ Collaboration with HOT SHOT payload experiment owners to ensure experiment integration and distribution of experimental data
+ Interactions with diverse set of customers and stakeholders
+ Partnership with the vehicle integration and fielding team
+ Support of program development activities
+ Support of other activities developing advanced and exploratory system concepts and demonstrations

On any given day you will be called on to support the HOT SHOT sounding rocket program. Responsibilities will include:

+ Development of the payload layout and definition
+ Interactions with and defining interface definition for experiment owners
+ Reporting to SNL management, customers and stakeholders on status, accomplishments and issues
+ Coordinating and supporting payload integration activities to include assembly, testing, and troubleshooting
+ Launch support for the flight tests.

External interfaces include the National Nuclear Security Administration, DoD collaborators (USN and USAF), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, and the Kansas City National Security Center (KCNSC) production plant.

Internal interfaces include various S&T, systems, component, design definition, test and evaluation, and computational simulation organizations.

This position requires domestic and international travel.


+ Masters degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline in STEM plus 5 years relevant experience
+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:

- System testing, integration and troubleshooting
- Fielding and delivering flight-ready hardware
- Instrumentation, data collection, processing, and analysis
- Coordinating environmental test activities
- Coordinating computational modeling and simulation activities
- Nuclear weapon design and development
- Managing system trade studies
+ Previous working relationship with external partners (e.g. AWE, KCNSC, LANL, and LLNL)
+ Active US DOE Q security clearance or DOD Equivalent


+ Demonstrated ability to lead programs focused on hardware delivery
+ Self-directed, customer focused, and has strong interpersonal, teaming, and analytical skills
+ Proficiency in a CAD tool (Creo or Solidworks)
+ Design and analysis for additive manufacturing
+ Mass properties management
+ Experience with implementation of Foundation Bus communication protocol
+ Demonstrated ability to understand and work in a diverse set of technologies
+ Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal, including strong presentation skills
+ Proven ability to integrate, build, and work effectively across technical teams, interface with customers and suppliers to resolve issues, and conduct tradeoffs to identify system solutions
+ Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple teams responsible for complex systems
+ Existing or ability to obtain SCI clearance

Department Description:

The Advanced and Exploratory Systems department has responsibility to provide system-level leadership for the advanced and exploratory activities necessary to support current and future nuclear weapon needs. The department establishes a systems context to the research and development efforts of the component and Science and Technology communities. The department is currently pursuing various activities focused on studies, development and demonstration of future capabilities in support of the future viability and effectiveness of our nations nuclear deterrent

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:

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.

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: 2021-01-11 Expires: 2021-02-10

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