1+ months

Safety Basis Engineer

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:

The Nuclear Safety Technologies Department is seeking an Engineer to conduct safety basis analyses of nuclear facilities to ensure safe operation.

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

+ Work with multidisciplinary teams to innovatively improve the safety analysis of existing nuclear facilities.

+ Prepare and review documented safety analysis (DSA) and technical safety requirements (TSRs) for nuclear facilities.

+ Interface with a wide variety of Sandia departments such as operations, engineering, and assurance, as well as the DOE Sandia Field Office.

+ Conduct evaluations of radiation transport and shielding design, conducting computer modeling for nuclear applications.

+ Implement, test, and apply software to support safety software validation.

+ Manage changes to nuclear and industrial facilities through the unreviewed safety question (USQ) process.

+ Represent Sandia on national and international technical safety-related committees and groups.

+ Perform engineering analyses of nuclear or radioactive materials, chemical inventories, energetic materials, and operations to determine a facility's hazard categorization.

+ Perform safety basis analyses for facilities, including hazard identification, hazard analysis, accident analysis, and control selection

+ Provide extensive expert technical advice and assistance to line organizations and federal regulators on complex safety basis issues

+ Develop and maintain Sandia National Laboratories' specific safety basis processes and procedures

+ Prepare and review technical reports based on the expert interpretation of analyzed data

+ Use complex computer models and expert judgment to prepare specialized safety studies, including radiological and chemical consequence analysis, reactor kinetics, and natural phenomena analysis

+ Model criticality safety calculations, radiological and chemical atmospheric dispersion, reactor physics, and radiation transport

+ Conduct readiness reviews for nuclear and industrial facilities to determine whether the facility has achieved readiness for the safe startup or restart of operations

Join our team and achieve your goals while making a difference!

Qualifications We Require:

+ Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a relevant STEM field, plus 5 years of relevant experience.

+ Experience in Nuclear Safety

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Master’s Degree in a STEM field

+ Four or more years of experience with Nuclear Safety Basis at DOE facilities

+ Experience with the preparation or review of Documented Safety Analyses (DSAs) and Technical Safety Requirements (TSRs) for research reactors, critical assemblies, and non-reactor nuclear facilities at DOE Facilities

+ Experience with the use and/or development of nuclear safety modeling codes and techniques

+ Knowledge of and/or experience with reactor kinetics, physics, and thermo-hydraulic engineering calculations and modeling

+ Experience performing hazard analyses using techniques from Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures including but not limited to safety checklist, what-if checklist, failure modes and effects analysis, fault/event tree, and qualitative risk analysis

+ Experience with the hazard categorization processes and principles of DOE-STD-1027

+ Proficiency with the Unreviewed Safety Question (USQ) process

+ Knowledge, understanding, and experience with nuclear facility codes and standards for design, construction, and operation

+ Experience with implementing and/or validating the implementation of safety controls

+ Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively both verbally and in writing

About Our Team:

The Nuclear Safety Technologies Department (Org. 1383), located in Technical Area V (TA-V) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), is responsible for ensuring that risks associated with operating TA-V nuclear facilities are analyzed, communicated, and accepted by the governing authorities. This involves selecting and evaluating nuclear safety controls to ensure protection of the general public, workers, visitors, and the TA-V staff. In addition, the Department ensures that the nuclear facility's safety documentation complies with federal law, Department of Energy (DOE) requirements and SNL standards and expectations. Org. 1383 is also responsible for implementing the Sandia corporate Nuclear Criticality Safety (NCS) Program. Additional responsibilities of Department include research and development of Nuclear Safety Technologies.

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: 682173



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-04-11 Expires: 2022-06-10

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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