1+ months

R&D S&E, Systems Engineer (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:

We are seeking a highly motivated R&D S&E, Systems Engineer to become part of the New Mexico Stockpile Engineering Team. We execute design, development and qualification activities associated with the US Nuclear Stockpile. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of engineering projects including designing systems and components, designing test configurations, test planning and coordination, system integration, production planning and support, modeling and simulation, large-scale system tests, and annual assessment activities.

New Mexico Stockpile Systems groups are the lead system integrator across Sandia and the complex for the B61, W88, W78 (including JTA6R development program), and W76 (including the JTA3, ALT939, and Mk4B development programs). New Mexico Stockpile Systems is also working towards the W88ALT370, W88ALT940, and B61-12 transition to stockpile which will include additional career opportunities in the near future.

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

+ Lead the system integration for requirements through the entire system engineering process

+ Work with other design and production agencies to establish interfaces, integration plans and to ensure designs are manufacturable

+ Design, develop and contribute to the technical basis understanding programs

+ Lead test planning activities, coordinate with test facilities, and execute large system level qualification tests.

+ Lead projects impacting stockpile system sustainment activities

+ Be an SME for scoping of modeling and simulation activities.

+ Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and domain specialists in the successful resolution of system related issues.

+ Use engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.

+ Be called upon to peer review other design efforts and concepts within the Labs.

+ Brief SNL management and customers on the status of the qualification programs.

+ Mentor early career staff and technologists

+ This position may require you to travel occasionally

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s and advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) plus 2 years relevant experience; or bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline plus 5 years relevant experience or equivalent

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Knowledge and understanding of Nuclear Weapon Systems.

+ Self-motivated, positive individual comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

+ Ability to work effectively with management.

+ Active DOE Q/L or DOD TS/S clearance

+ Experience leading multidisciplinary teams through complex technical challenges.

+ Experience working with National Nuclear Security Administration, DoD customers, Los Alamos National Laboratory, DoD contractors, as well as the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), and Pantex.

+ Familiarity with ND drawing and authorization system, product development and qualification, testing and evaluation, modeling and simulation.

+ Ability to integrate into and work effectively across multiple technical teams.

+ Experience using engineering principles to conduct trade studies to identify system solutions.

+ Experience with test instrumentation and methods.

+ Experience writing test plans and defining test objectives.

+ Familiarity with test facilities around SNL (i.e. Lightning facility, ACRR, Hermes, Shock/Vibe Lab, etc.) and experience coordinating with them.

+ Experience designing qualification plans.

+ Experience building test bodies and/or familiar with creating procedures for building test artifacts.

+ Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver briefings to customers and various levels of management.

About Our Team:

Group 7220 is comprised of 7 departments entrusted with maintaining the integrity of the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Each department is strongly integrated across the group and together are responsible for maintaining the technical basis for the W76-0/1/2, W78, W88, B61-3/4/7/11. In addition to established stockpile work there are a multitude of development and qualification projects including JTAs, Mk4B, and various ALTs. Production activities for the W76-1 and W76-2 AF&F continue at KCNSC and require frequent communication. Additionally, group 7220 leads the development of testers and operational activities for hardware management and engineering leadership for all test body assembly & disassembly activities. Group 7220 is also the interface with test and computational simulation organizations to manage schedule and budget associated with qualification.

Our team is committed to nurturing a culture 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.

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: 683322



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-08 Expires: 2022-09-07

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